DEFENDER HEATH PEARCE CALLED UP TO USMNT
Pearce will join the 20 man roster for camp and friendlies against Venezuela and Panama
Carson, CA. (Thursday, December 22, 2011) Heath Pearce, Chivas USA’s defender of the year and MLS All Star, has received a call up to U.S. Men’s National Team by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Pearce will report to training camp from Jan. 3 through 26 in the United States and Panama. The U.S. will host Venezuela on Jan. 21 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. four days later; the U.S. faces Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.
For Heath, who sums up a total of 33 caps with USMNT, this will be his third call from head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann. “This is a very important opportunity for these players,” said Klinsmann. “They are the next in line behind the established players, and this is a chance to prove themselves.”
Pearce, teammates and staff will report to Phoenix, AZ. on January 3 to begin training. The team will move to U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. to continue training from January 13 through 20, and then return to Arizona and finalize preparations for Venezuela. The annual camp held in January for players in their offseason is a largely domestic-based group that includes 18 players who play their trade in the United States.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), George John (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
About Chivas USA
Founded in 2004, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in seven full seasons in Major League Soccer. From 2006-2009, the Mexican-owned club qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four consecutive seasons, to the delight of its passionate supporters. In addition, Chivas USA’s innovative grassroots programs demonstrate its deep commitment to the Southern California community, while the club’s youth teams and Soccer Academies offer unprecedented opportunities to the region’s best young talent. For more information on Chivas USA, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.