The versatile defender, who has quickly stepped into the Red Bulls’ lineup and lockerroom as a reliable leader and stop-gap, has been carrying a hamstring strain that has prevented him from taking part in the last few matches for New York. As a steady piece of the Chivas USA defense, Pearce earned the nod thanks to his work early this season and the support from the fan vote where New York Red Bulls supporters helped push the defender over the edge.
MLS All-Star coach Ben Olsen replaced him with San Jose Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow on Thursday. Morrow has been a major part of the Earthquakes resurgence. A 2010 second round pick, he has quickly become a vital cog in San Jose’s backline, helping the team secure the best record in the league (13-4-4).
Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry will now be the team’s sole representative at the match.
The All-Star game will take place next Wednesday at PPL Park in Chester, PA against Premiership super-power, Chelsea FC.