Courtesy of the Los Angeles Galaxy website

CARSON, Calif. - The LA Galaxy's Dan Keat still vividly recalls walking out with the New Zealand Under-20 national team at Toronto's National Stadium for the 2007 U-20 FIFA World Cup. He tried to soak in the atmosphere and bask in the thrill of representing his country at the international level.

The 24-year-old native of Wellington, New Zealand will get that opportunity again, but this time with the senior national team, for a friendly against Jamaica on Feb. 29 at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland. Keat will leave on Feb. 25 during the Galaxy's upcoming training stay in Tucson, Ariz., and said he is deeply thankful for the call-up.

"Obviously you're hopeful but you never know when these things are going to happen," he said. "You always want to represent your country, I think, as a footballer and as a proud New Zealander.

"It's great for football in New Zealand, to get some headlines away from rugby," he added with a sly grin.

Keat, who said he captained the New Zealand side "for a few games" in the 2007 U-20 World Cup, also was on the Under-23 squad that qualified for the Beijing Olympics. Keat, however, injured his knee just before the Games and was unable to play.

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