09) Heath Pearce - Ex Professional Player & Media Profile at KICK
Heath Pearce is a recently retired player with a professional career spanning over 10 years
Today he is a media profile, working as a presenter, creator and host on KICK, one of the largest independent football channels on YouTube with over 1.4 million subscribers and over 200 million views.
Heath takes us through his incredible life and career journey, starting from humble beginnings in Modesto, CA, to the US National Team Residency Program at IMG in Florida and then to the pivotal moment when he became a professional player at Nordsjalland, in the Danish Superliga, followed by Hansa Rostock in the German Bundesliga. He returned back to the US to play for FC Dallas, Chivas USA, New York Red Bulls, and the Montreal Impact in the MLS and then ventured back to Scandinavia to finish his playing days with IFK Gothenburg in Sweden. Directly after his career as a footballer, Heath transitioned into media and journalism. He gives us some insights into why he decided to end his career at the ripe old age of 31 to follow a different passion and how invigorated and excited he feels in his current role at KICK.
We also discuss being cut from Youth National Teams, the Olympics, and the 2010 World Cup, working as a mascot and cleaning windows to save money for a flight to try his luck in Europe, trust issues with coaches and people in positions of authority, transfer sagas, working in front of the camera, the football media landscape, and much more!