The following month saw the script flipped as the US travelled down to El Salvador for the next World Cup Qualifier. Where many had predicted a cakewalk for the US, they found themselves down 1-0, 15 minutes into the match. The US looked outplayed throughout long stretches of the match and would eventually go down 2-0 with less than 20 minutes remaining.
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With the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup though, Pearce was thrown a lifeline. Being scheduled to start only days after the end of the Confederations Cup, most of the US 1st team was given time off. As he was well rested to begin with, he was named to the roster for the tournament where he would participate in 5 out of 6 matches as a starter on route to the Final. Unfortunately, the Gold Cup Final was marred in a devastating 5-0 loss to Mexico. Pearce would go on to sit out the rest of the year.
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