Former Red Bull Heath Pearce lands with Montreal Impact

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Former New York Red Bull defender Heath Pearce has found a home north of the border.

The Montreal Impact announced the signing of the three time MLS All-Star Thursday afternoon. Details of the deal were undisclosed as per MLS policy.

“Having played over 100 games in this league, his experience and soccer savvy will bring a lot to the team,” said Impact Sporting Director Nick De Santis. “He is a natural left back, who will give us more depth on defense and who can contribute to the offense as well.

“Heath is highly motivated to get back to the level that saw him on the national team at one point in his career.”

Pearce, 29, is a big pickup for a hurting Montreal defense. The former U.S. Men’s National Team defender (35 caps) has spent the better part of three years fighting a torn labrum. Even hobbled, Pearce still managed to earn All-Star accolades while a member of Chivas USA and New York in both the fullback and centerback positions. He elected to undergo surgery early last year as his ailment became too much to ignore. That decision took him out of the Red Bulls plans for the rest of 2013.

After nearly a year away from the game, he will be tasked with shoring up the Impact backline, likely at his natural fullback position.

Pearce will have a chance to face his former team in short time as Montreal play host to New York on April 5th at 4 p.m. ET.