In the Galaxy’s inaugural season in 1996, Pierra began his initial stint with the Galaxy, where he worked as the athletic trainer for over 10 years before accepting a full-time position as Head Athletic Trainer for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2008. Prior to then, he had freelanced on the U.S. Soccer Federation staff, including time working with then head coach Bruce Arena. In all, Pierra has worked in four FIFA World Cup tournaments (1994, 1998, 2010, 2014) with the U.S. Soccer Federation, serving as the Head Athletic Trainer in 2010 and 2014 under head coaches Bob Bradley and Juergen Klinsmann.
Pierra began his professional career in in 1993 after he started working as an athletic trainer for the soccer team Los Angeles Salsa in the American Professional Soccer League. He attended Cal State-Fullerton University from 1990-1993, where he earned a degree in physical education before receiving his Masters of Exercise Science in 1999.
Using sports science and medicine programs, Pierra is responsible for monitoring all aspects of player health and fitness for the LA Galaxy, LA Galaxy II and LA Galaxy Academy.
Ivan resides in Yorba Linda with wife Azsha and son’s Ian (13) and Zaiden (11).
Certifications: ATC, CPR, Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 1&2, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Level 1, Graston Technique, EXOS Performance Specialist, Hesch Method for Advanced Treatment of SIJD, Onnit Academy Durability Certification, Myokinematic Restoration (PRI)
Current Title: Assistant Athletic Trainer
Years with Team: 5
Previous Experience: Assistant Athletic Trainer for Men’s Soccer & Men’s/Women’s Tennis at University of North Florida
Education: M.S. in Athletic Training from University of Arkansas, B.S. in Exercise Science from Oakland University
Other: Currently serve on PSATS Sponsorship Committee, MLS Research Committee, BOC Blog Writing Committee, and BOC Item Writing/Development Committee for the National Board Exam.