Heath Pearce

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Heath Pearce
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Personal information
Full name Heath Gregory Pearce
Date of birth (1984-08-13) August 13, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Modesto, California, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back / Full back
Club information
Current team
IFK Göteborg
Number 3
Youth career
0000–2001 IMG Soccer Academy
2002–2004 Portland Pilots
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 FC Nordsjælland 75 (2)
2007–2009 Hansa Rostock 31 (0)
2009–2010 FC Dallas 34 (0)
2011–2012 Chivas USA 40 (0)
2012–2013 New York Red Bulls 32 (2)
2014 Montreal Impact 23 (0)
2015– IFK Göteborg 0 (0)
National team
2000–2001 United States U17 4 (2)
2003 United States U18 1 (0)
2003 United States U20 3 (0)
2005–2012 United States 35 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 13, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 27, 2012

Heath Pearce (born August 13, 1984) is an American soccer player who plays for IFK Göteborg as a defender.

Career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Pearce played his high school soccer at Peter Johansen High School in Modesto, California before playing his college soccer at the University of Portland, where he was an All-West Coast Conference honorable mention selection. In his final year at Portland, he started all 20 games, scoring two goals and racking up five assists.

During his college years he also played for the Bradenton Academics in the USL Premier Development League.[1]

FC Nordsjælland[edit]

Pearce signed with FC Nordsjælland and began his professional career in the 2004–05 Danish Superliga season. He made 75 league appearances and scored two goals for club in his two and a half seasons there.

Hansa Rostock[edit]

After stating that he would leave Nordsjælland after the 2007 season with a goal to be signed by a team in Germany, Scotland, or the Netherlands, Pearce signed a two-year contract with Hansa Rostock on July 16, 2007. Near the end of the 2007–08 season, Pearce was briefly suspended for being late to return to the club from international duty, but was eventually allowed back on the team. On April 13, 2009, Pearce was permanently suspended from Hansa Rostock's first team and demoted to the reserve squad because club officials believed Pearce had faked an injury to avoid training, a charge Pearce denies. At the end of the season, Pearce was released from his contract.

FC Dallas[edit]

On September 2, 2009, Pearce reportedly signed a two-year contract with Turkish team Bursaspor,[2][3] but the next day it had emerged that a deal was not reached until after the transfer window had closed.[4] After his failed move to Turkey, he signed with Major League Soccer side FC Dallas on September 11, 2009.[5] In his first full season in Dallas Pearce helped the club to the 2010 MLS Cup final.

Chivas USA[edit]

On February 15, 2011, after two seasons with Dallas, Pearce was traded to Chivas USA in return for allocation money.[6] Pearce was traded to New York Red Bulls on May 17, 2012 with allocation money and future considerations in exchange for forward Juan Agudelo.[7] Pearce scored his first MLS goal on June 20 versus the Vancouver Whitecaps helping New York to earn a 1–1 draw with his late equalizer.

New York Red Bulls[edit]

At the end of the 2013 MLS season, Pearce was released by New York.[8] He entered the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft but was not selected.

Montreal Impact[edit]

On March 6, 2014, Pearce signed with Montreal Impact.[9] Pearce appeared in 29 matches in his lone season in Montreal. After one season in Montreal, in December 2014 Pearce was selected by Orlando City SC in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft.

IFK Göteborg[edit]

On January 29, 2015 Pearce signed a five-month-long contract with Allsvenskan club IFK Göteborg.[10]

International career[edit]

Pearce made his international debut in November 2005 against Scotland. Pearce was included by Bruce Arena in United States training camps and friendly matches prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup but did not make the team.

Under Bob Bradley, Pearce became a regular starter for the national team. With relatively little competition in the U.S. player pool at left back, Pearce played the third-most minutes of any American field player in 2008. But as his club situation deteriorated, Pearce has seen less time with national team. Though a member of the squad at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, he did not make an appearance in the tournament as Jonathan Bornstein and Carlos Bocanegra were the preferred choices. Pearce was a member of the second-tier U.S. team for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Lately he has not seen much action due to the return of Bornstein and also Bocanegra and Jonathan Spector both being versatile enough to play in that position.

Pearce was included on the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but did not make the final 23 man squad.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of March 14, 2015[12]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portland Pilots 2002 20 2 20 2
Bradenton Academics 2003 11 1 1 0 12 1
Total 11 1 1 0 0 0 12 1
Portland Pilots 2003 20 1 20 1
2004 22 5 22 5
Total 62 8 0 0 0 0 62 8
FC Nordsjælland 2004–05 15 0 0 0 15 0
2005–06 31 1 0 0 31 1
2006–07 29 1 0 0 29 1
Total 75 2 0 0 0 0 75 2
Hansa Rostock 2007–08 19 0 2 0 21 0
2008–09 12 0 1 0 13 0
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 31 0 3 0 0 0 34 0
FC Dallas 2009 6 0 6 0
2010 28 0 1 0 29 0
Total 34 0 1 0 0 0 35 0
Chivas USA 2011 30 0 1 0 31 0
2012 10 0 10 0
Total 40 0 1 0 0 0 41 0
New York Red Bulls 2012 18 2 2 1 20 3
2013 14 0 2 0 16 0
Total 32 2 4 1 0 0 36 3
Montreal Impact 2014 23 0 4 0 2 0 29 0
Total 23 0 4 0 2 0 29 0
IFK Göteborg 2015 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 308 13 17 1 2 0 327 14

International[edit]

As of January 25, 2012[13]
National team Year Apps Goals
United States
2005 1 0
2006 4 0
2007 5 0
2008 11 0
2009 7 0
2010 5 0
2011 0 0
2012 2 0
Total 35 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Portland Pilots
FC Dallas
New York Red Bulls
Montreal Impact
IFK Göteborg

Personal life[edit]

Pearce has one younger adopted sister and two brothers. His sister, Lindsay Pearce, starred in the TV series The Glee Project where she won a role on the Fox hit show Glee.[14]

Pearce is an avid car and racing enthusiast. He has partnered with Matt Young as a co-owner in a professional sports car racing venture, Matt Young Motorsports with Heath Pearce.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Demosphere International, Inc. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "U.S.' Pearce joins Turkish club Bursaspor". Sports Illustrated. September 2, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2009. 
  3. ^ "ABD'li sol bek Pearce Bursaspor'da" (in Turkish). CNN Türk. September 2, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Pearce kommt doch nicht zu Bursaspor" (in German). [dead link]
  5. ^ "Latest News". Web.mlsnet.com. September 23, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Chivas USA Acquires United States National Team Defender Heath Pearce". Cdchivasusa.com. February 15, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ Davis, Noah (May 17, 2012). "Heath Pearce is just what New York needs". prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "New York Red Bulls part ways with veteran defender Heath Pearce". mlssoccer.com. November 27, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Impact adds defender Heath Pearce to its roster". Montreal Impact. March 6, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Försvarsspelare klar för IFK" (in Swedish). IFK Göteborg. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  11. ^ Townsend, Brad (May 26, 2010). "FC Dallas' Heath Pearce left off U.S. World Cup roster". Dallasnews.com. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Heath Pearce". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Heath Pearce". National Football Teams. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ Hoppes, Lynn. "'Glee' actress sister to Major League Soccer player". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Pro Soccer Star Heath Pearce & Matt Young Motorsports team up with Ranger Sports Racing for Barber". heathpearce.com. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 

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