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Pearce has plenty to be proud of

This week U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley announced the final 23 men he will take to South Africa to represent the United States in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  Although FC Dallas defender Heath Pearce wasn’t one of the chosen 23, the journey that got him onto the preliminary 30-man roster is still an impressive accomplishment. 

Pearce only missed one FC Dallas game, a 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy, during his most recent stint with the USMNT. He rejoined the squad for their road match against the Chicago Fire, entering the game in the 70th minute as a late game substitute for forward Jeff Cunningham.

Here is an outline of Pearce’s journey by the numbers:

Going Pro 

3 years playing at the University of Portland 

20 games started his final year at the University of Portland (two goals, five assists)

50 appearances for FC Nordsjælland of the Danish Superliga (two goals)

90 minutes played in his first game with Hansa Rostock of the Bundesliga against Bayern Munich 

31 appearances for Hansa Rostock over two years 

4 years playing in Europe 

09/20/09 – MLS debut with FC Dallas 

4 – FC Dallas jersey number

15 appearances for FC Dallas (three assists)


International Play

8 appearances with U-17 U.S. National Team (two goals)

4 appearances with U-20 U.S. National Team

32 appearances with USMNT (three assists)

11/12/05 – first national team cap (versus Scotland)

11 appearances in 2010 World Cup qualifying matches


Putting it in Perspective

205 teams participated in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

32 teams qualified for the tournament

736 players in the entire world will play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup

30 men made the U.S. Men's National Team preliminary roster

9 defenders made the 30-man preliminary roster

23 men made the final USMNT roster

7 defenders made the final 23-man roster

Read more: Check out what Bobby Rhine had to say about Pearce's accomplishment.