Dallas Defender on World Cup Short List

FC Dallas defender Heath Pearce has been named to the 30-man roster to potentially represent the United States in the World Cup.

"It's amazing, you know," said Pearce. "It's a step closer."

Pearce, who joined FC Dallas in September, already has more than 30 caps with the U.S. national team. He has also spent time playing in Germany and Denmark.

"Now, to be back in the U.S. and playing closer to my friends and family and being selected like this is, it makes it all worthwhile," said Pearce.

After competing against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, Pearce will travel to Princeton, N.J., to attend  training camp for two weeks.

"I've been in the mix of things for about five years now," said Pearce. "It's been quite a journey for me. And to be in that final 30 coming in this last preparation time is kind of a priceless feeling."

Right after camp, the 30-man roster will be narrowed down to the final 23 who will compete in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.That list has to be turned into FIFA by June 1. The U.S. men's national team will open the tournament against England on June 12.

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