Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Red Bulls part ways with Pearce
by Ridge Mahoney, November 28th, 2013 3:35PM

TAGS:  mls, new york red bulls


[MLS TRANSACTIONS] The Supporters’ Shield-winning season of the Red Bulls was good for the careers of some players, and not so good for others. Put former U.S. national team defender Heath Pearce in the latter category.

He played 18 games for New York last season after being acquired in May 2012 from Chivas USA in the Juan Agudelo trade, but he underwent season-ending hip surgery this past summer after making 14 appearances (11 starts).

He is out of contract, and the team announced Wednesday it will not offer him a new deal, which makes him eligible for the Re-Entry Draft. Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft will be held Dec. 12, followed by Stage 2 on Dec. 18.

A list of eligible players will be released Dec. 9, two days after Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake in MLS Cup 2013. Players who meet parameters of age and MLS experience can opt to enter the Re-Entry Draft, though participation is voluntary.

Prior to joining New York, Pearce, 29, played for FC Dallas (2009-10) and Chivas USA (2011-12) after European stints in Denmark with FC Nordsjaelland (2005-07) and in Germany for Hansa Rostock (2007-09). He started on the FC Dallas team that lost in MLS Cup 2010.

“We want to thank Heath for his time at the club since joining in 2012,” said Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh in a statement. “Following our discussions with Heath after the conclusion of the 2013 season, it was decided to not offer him a new contract in order to allow both parties to go in our separate ways. We wish Heath the best of luck in the next stage of his career.”

Pearce grew up in Modesto, Calif., and played three seasons at the University of Portland before heading to Europe. He represented the USA at the Gold Cup in 2009 and was on the roster for the Confederations Cup in the same year. He has 35 caps.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: West Brom director Richard Garlick on agent fees    
"If you walk into a room and there are five people sat around a table your ...
Lloyd and Ellis are nominees for FIFA awards    
Carli Lloyd, whose hat trick led the USA to a 5-2 win over Japan in the ...
Waldrum (still without a contract) returns to T&T women    
When Trinidad & Tobago faces the USA in the first of two friendlies Sunday in Honolulu, ...
What They're Saying: Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva    
"Five years ago, [MLS] paid to [be on television]. In 2010, it was paid $68 million, ...
New U-17 cycle begins on cautionary note    
In past years, the Nike International Friendlies, the annual year-end tournament for the age group that ...
Report: Miami Beckham United moves on to fourth option    
David Beckham's group seeking a home for an MLS club has its maps of Miami out ...
Close call can't erase Red Bulls' sense of accomplishment    
A year that started in controversy and uproar ended with another playoff setback, but during 2015 ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"The first thing I want to do is to apologize to our fans. They've been fantastic ...
Video Pick: Dortmund pals perform synchronized warm-up    
Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's leading scorer, and Marco Reus' balletic warmup (dubbed a "Bromance ...
Video Pick: Barcelona delivers a Messi & Neymar montage    
Barcelona put together a one-minute video featuring the feats of its two FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives