Smokin' in Panama

June 9, 2005
By Chris Cowles
(PANAMA CITY, Panama) - What a difference 10 months can make.

During last year's semi-final round of regional World Cup qualification play, the United States national team went through a spell of inconsistent performances, especially when it came to a pair of away games to Jamaica and Panama.

But for the grace of last-gasp goals in each of those fixtures, including a fortuitous Cobi Jones strike deep into stoppage time in Panama, the U.S. was able to salvage ...

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