It has been a tough couple of year’s for New York Red Bulls defender Heath Pearce, but he is hoping to turn his fortunes around starting this week.
As was reported last Friday, Pearce elected to undergo hip surgery to correct a stubborn pain he has carried for the better part of two years. The corrective surgery of a labral tear will take six months of healing, likely forcing the California native out of action this season.
While the Red Bull have yet to officially announce his departure, Pearce tweeted out the above photo from the post-op room with a message to his followers:
“Post-op….Excited (at the idea) of being pain free for the first time in 2.5 years #positivevibes #hss”
A career leftback, a respected centerback, and a former U.S. National Team player, Pearce offered a quality talent for New York to turn to when their starters faltered. Over the past two games, both Roy Miller and Jamison Olave missed matches, forcing head coach Mike Petke to mix and match stopgap solutions between Brandon Barklage, Kosuke Kimura and Connor Lade. Currently, the club is also looking at outside options, including Red Bull Austria’s veteran centerback Ibrahim Sekagya who played with the club reserves this past weekend.