Five reasons to feel fortunate 

May, 4, 2010

As much as national team fans have been cursing their luck at a virtual Sam's Army of walking wounded since the U.S. clinched a World Cup berth last October (the list includes Maurice Edu, Oguchi Onyewu, Clint Dempsey, Jay DeMerit, Stuart Holden, DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones, Steve Cherundolo, Carlos Bocanegra, Ricardo Clark and, of course, Charlie Davies), things could actually be a lot worse. And if timing is indeed everything, Yank backers should feel fortunate. Why? Compared to other World Cup-bound squads (Spain, for instance) the U.S. heads into its pre-Cup training camp relatively healthy.

"When you dig inside the [other] teams -- players that go through long seasons, little injuries and everything else -- I think that everybody has their issues," coach Bob Bradley says.

So while Davies' participation remains a question mark, there are at least five reasons that should have die-hards counting their blessings:

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.