2-1 could be worse 

March, 11, 2010

First, some news on the American injury front: Fulham, as you may know by now, has deemed Clint Dempsey's knee healed enough for the Yank star to travel to Thursday's UEFA Cup match at Juventus. And AC Milan, according to ESPN producer and friend of the blog Shaw Brown, has deemed Oguchi Onyewu fit enough to start training with the team this week. Those are two huge developments as the countdown to England reaches the 90-day mark.

That's not the only positive news for the U.S., although at first glance, the media were none too friendly (pun intended) to the squad last week.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.