Cory Gibbs

Cory Gibbs (born January 14, 1980) is an American former soccer player.[1] He played professionally for clubs in Germany, the Netherlands and England. He also played 19 international matches for the U.S. national soccer team, including at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Cory Gibbs
Gibbs playing for Chicago Fire in 2011
Personal information
Full name Cory Gibbs
Date of birth (1980-01-14) January 14, 1980
Place of birth Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1998–2001 Brown Bears
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Palm Beach Pumas
2001–2003 FC St. Pauli 60 (4)
2004 Dallas Burn 21 (0)
2004–2006 Feyenoord 15 (1)
2005–2006ADO Den Haag (loan) 5 (0)
2006–2008 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
2008–2009 Colorado Rapids 29 (1)
2010 New England Revolution 25 (0)
2011–2012 Chicago Fire 29 (3)
Total 184 (9)
National team
1999 United States U20 1 (0)
2003–2006 United States 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


College and amateur

Gibbs was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He played college soccer at Brown University, joining the team in 1997. During his career, Brown won three Ivy League Championships and participated in the NCAA Tournament all four years. In 2000, Gibbs led Brown to an Ivy League championship and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. He was named Ivy League Player of the Year, and a First-Team All-American. In 2000, he spent the collegiate off season with the Palm Beach Pumas of the Premier Development League. He was also one of three Brown soccer players, including Matthew Cross (Kansas City Wizards) and Scott Powers (Columbus Crew), to be drafted in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft.



After graduating from Brown in 2001, Gibbs decided not to play in MLS and joined FC St. Pauli of the Bundesliga. He played 25 games for St. Pauli that season, becoming the youngest American to score a goal in the Bundesliga with a goal against FC Cologne. He was also a part of the side that beat the world champions Bayern Munich, a result that earned St. Pauli the nickname of weltpokalsiegerbesieger, translated as World Club Championship Winner Beaters. St. Pauli was relegated to the 2. Bundesliga after the 2001–02 season, and Gibbs played an equally important role with the team in his second season as in his first. St. Pauli, however, was relegated again after the 2002–03 season, this time to the Regionalliga Nord, the German third division. Gibbs remained with the team, being moved from central defense to defensive midfielder.

Gibbs decided to leave St. Pauli during 2003 due to the low level of play and lack of exposure needed to secure a spot on the United States national team. A move to Jahn Regensburg of the 2. Bundesliga fell through.


Gibbs returned to the United States and play in Major League Soccer, where he would be easily visible and available for international matches. Although the Columbus Crew initially tried to acquire Gibbs, he eventually ended up with FC Dallas, then known as the Dallas Burn. Gibbs was a starter in every game for which he was available during his stint with Dallas. He made a total of 21 appearances.


On January 20, 2005, the Dutch club Feyenoord agreed on a transfer with MLS, and Gibbs signed a four and a half year contract with the club.[2] In his first season, he made 15 appearances and scored one goal.

After injuring his knee in a U.S. national team friendly against England on May 28, 2005, Gibbs rehabbed, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Kalbac in Miami, Florida, and came back from his injury on January 19, 2006. On January 24, 2006, Feyenoord loaned Gibbs to ADO Den Haag for the remainder of the season.

Gibbs signed a pre-contract agreement with English Premier League club Charlton Athletic in May 2006[3] just before Alan Curbishley's departure. After a short stay at Charlton it was announced that he would leave June 30, 2008 at the end of his contract.[4] He never played a match for Charlton due to injuries.

Return to MLS

Gibbs moved to MLS.[5] It was expected that he would be selected by the Galaxy, who had first option to pick up his contract in the allocation listings, but he was selected by Colorado after the Galaxy passed on Gibbs in order to be able to pick Eddie Lewis. Gibbs was transferred to New England Revolution on January 21, 2010 in a trade that involved four players, MLS SuperDraft picks and allocation money.[6]

Gibbs was selected by the Chicago Fire with the seventh pick of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on December 15, 2010. He agreed terms with the club the same day.[7] At the end of the 2011 season, he was named the club's Defender of the Year.[8]

After starting in the first three games of the 2012 season, Gibbs suffered an injury, tearing his meniscus on April 4, 2012.[9] After missing the rest of the 2012 season, he announced his retirement from the game on November 26, 2012.[1]


Gibbs's return to the U.S. helped his national team career, as he received frequent callups for 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Gibbs solidified his position as one of USA's top central defenders. Since making his first full international appearance June 8, 2003, in a friendly against New Zealand,[3] Gibbs received 19 caps.

Gibbs was initially a part of the United States' 2006 FIFA World Cup team, but he reinjured his right knee in a friendly with Morocco on May 23, 2006 and was replaced by Gregg Berhalter.[10] Gibbs played only 45 minutes all season for Charlton's reserves following surgery to repair cartilage in his knee. Gibbs returned to international football when he was selected by Bob Bradley for the United States' March 26 match against Poland.[11][12]


He is married to BBC Radio 1Xtra radio presenter and former Mis-Teeq singer Zena McNally. They were married on July 4, 2008, in Miami.[13]

Gibbs also runs a soccer camp named 'Cory Gibbs StarSoccer',[14] which takes place every summer in the United States.

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2001–02FC St. PauliBundesliga251000000251
2002–032. Bundesliga210000000210
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2004Dallas BurnMajor League Soccer212300000242
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06ADO Den Haag (loan)5000000050
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07Charlton AthleticPremier League0000000000
2007–08The Championship0000000000
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2008Colorado RapidsMajor League Soccer9100000091
2010New England Revolution250000000250
2011Chicago Fire263400000303
Total Germany 604000000604
USA 10447000001114
Netherlands 201000000201
England 0000000000
Career total 18497000001919

Updated November 27, 2012


United States

Statistics accurate as of February 20, 2012


  1. "Fire Defender Cory Gibbs Announces Retirement". Chicago Fire. November 26, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  2. "Cory Gibbs '01 Signs Deal With Feyenoord Rotterdam Of Dutch Premier League". Amsterdam: CBS College Sports. January 20, 2005. Retrieved July 6, 2005.
  3. "Charlton Athletic Playing Squad: Cory Gibbs". Charlton Athletic. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2009.
  4. "Gibbs not offered new Valley deal". BBC Sport. May 3, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2008.
  5. Gazidis, Ivan (September 5, 2008). "The Commissioner Speaks". Major League Soccer. Archived from the original on October 28, 2008.
  6. McCarthy, Kyle (January 22, 2010). "Revs ship Larentowicz to Rapids in 4-player swap". Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  7. "Fire Select Cory Gibbs". Chicago Fire. December 20, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  8. "Chicago Fire Honors". Chicago Fire. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  9. "Fire defender Cory Gibbs undergoes successful right Meniscus repair surgery". Chicago Fire. April 10, 2012.
  10. "Gregg Berhalter Added to USA's 2006 FIFA World Cup Roster to Replace Injured Cory Gibbs". Chicago: United States Soccer Federation. May 25, 2006. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  11. Lucas, Ryan (March 26, 2008). "US beats Poland 3–0 on goals from Bocanegra, Onyewu and Lewis". USA Today. Kraków, Poland. Associated Press.
  12. "Bradley Names 18-Man Roster to Face Poland On March 26, 2008 in Krakow In First Of Three Friendlies in Europe". Chicago: United States Soccer Federation. March 22, 2008. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  13. Dell’Apa, Frank (May 21, 2010). "Boston soccer's (low-key) version of Becks and Posh". Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  14. "Cory Gibbs StarSoccer". Archived from the original on July 17, 2009.
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