FC Dallas’ Pearce now at peace with World Cup omission

FC Dallas left-back Heath Pearce admits he is now at peace with his omission from the USA World Cup squad.

The 26-year old was left out of Bob Bradley’s final playing group for the South Africa tournament and admitted that at first he was furious.

“I wanted to fly away to some island somewhere with no TV,” Pearce said. “I wanted to go surfing every morning and relax on the beach and clear my mind. I said, ‘I’m not going to watch any games.’ That was obviously the initial reaction that was harsh in my head.

“Part of me was devastated, part of me was hurt and part of me was jealous. The competitive side of me wanted to be there.”

But Pearce says he has since come to realise that it wasn’t all about him and opened his eye to the bigger picture.

“At first it was an ‘I hate soccer' thing,” added Pearce. “But then you get over your ego quick and you realize this is your country. I was part of the big picture and part of something special and the success they had at the tournament, I felt that I was part of it.”

And Pearce was delighted to receive a call-up to the national team as replacement for captain Carlos Bocanegra for tonight’s friendly with Colombia.

“Playing for your country is an honor and you never turn down a call-up,” Pearce said. “I have another opportunity to build more experience at the international level and prove myself. This is the next cycle that has begun now and I’m happy to be part of it.”