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 29)
Place of birth Modesto, California, United States
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Montreal Impact
Number 44
Youth career
2000–2001 IMG Soccer Academy
2002–2004 Portland Pilots
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Bradenton Academics 11 (1)
2005–2007 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 3 (0)
National team
2000–2001 United States U17 4 (2)
2003 United States U18 1 (0)
2003 United States U20 3 (0)
2005– United States 35 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 8, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Heath Gregory Pearce (born August 13, 1984) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Pearce played his high school soccer at Johansen High school 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]

Professional[edit]

Pearce signed with 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.

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.[2] At the end of the season, Pearce was released from his contract.

On September 2, 2009, Pearce reportedly signed a two-year contract with Turkish team Bursaspor,[3][4] but the next day it had emerged that a deal was not reached until after the transfer window had closed.[5]

After his failed move to Turkey, he signed with Major League Soccer side FC Dallas on September 11, 2009.[6] In his first full season in Dallas Pearce helped the club to the 2010 MLS Cup final. On February 15, 2011, after two seasons with Dallas, Pearce was traded to Chivas USA in return for allocation money.[7]

Pearce was traded to New York Red Bulls on May 17, 2012 with allocation money and future considerations in exchange for forward Juan Agudelo.[8] 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.

At the end of the 2013 MLS season, Pearce was released by New York.[9]

International[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.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of November 1, 2012.
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Denmark League Danish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Nordsjælland Danish Superliga 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2005–06 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
2006–07 29 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2007–08 Hansa Rostock Bundesliga 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2008–09 2. Bundesliga 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2009 FC Dallas Major League Soccer 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2010 28 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
2011 Chivas USA 30 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2012 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2012 New York Red Bulls 18 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 22 3
2013 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Total Denmark 75 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 75 2
Germany 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
USA 106 2 6 1 2 0 0 0 114 3
Career total 212 4 6 1 2 0 0 0 220 5

International[edit]

As of December 3, 2011.
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

Honors[edit]

FC Dallas[edit]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Heath 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.[11]

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.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Demosphere International, Inc. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hansa Rostock suspendiert Pearce und Kronholm" (in German). Retrieved April 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "U.S.' Pearce joins Turkish club Bursaspor". Sports Illustrated. September 2, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ "ABD'li sol bek Pearce Bursaspor'da" (in Turkish). CNN Türk. September 2, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Pearce kommt doch nicht zu Bursaspor" (in German). [dead link]
  6. ^ "Latest News". Web.mlsnet.com. September 24, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Chivas USA Acquires United States National Team Defender Heath Pearce". Cdchivasusa.com. February 15, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ Davis, Noah (May 17, 2012). "Heath Pearce is just what New York needs". prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "New York Red Bulls part ways with veteran defender Heath Pearce". mlssoccer.com. November 27, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ Townsend, Brad (May 26, 2010). "FC Dallas' Heath Pearce left off U.S. World Cup roster". Dallasnews.com. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ Hoppes, Lynn. "'Glee' actress sister to Major League Soccer player". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ "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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