Arena's experiment went awry

March 30, 2005
By Ives Galarcep
The first thing you noticed was the heavy breathing.

After Sunday's World Cup qualifier between the Mexican national team and the United States, American players could be heard taking in labored breaths as they faced the media. Mexican players didn't have that problem. They smiled, bragged and walked like players who had no trouble dealing with the lung-busting altitude that had their opponents gasping for air.

So was it really the altitude that cost the Americans their ...

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