Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - Chicago Fire defender Cory Gibbs announced
his retirement on Monday after a 12-year professional career.
Gibbs enjoyed time playing in Europe as well as Major League Soccer, where he
spent the final four years of his career.
"It was a tough decision," said Gibbs. "After discussing it with the medical
staff, my wife and family, it is the right time for me to step away from the
playing field. I've done everything in my power to return to the game,
however, my latest injury has made it too difficult to play again. It was an
honor to represent the United States and the Fire, along with all of the clubs
I played with throughout my career. I would also like to thank all of my
teammates, coaches, the fans and my family, especially my wife, for all of
their support along this journey. I am truly excited to transition into a new
venture in my career. Coaching, working for a club and scouting are my
greatest desires. I will be as committed off the pitch as when I was playing."
Gibbs spent three seasons with St. Pauli in Germany before playing one season
with the Dallas Burn in MLS in 2004.
He signed with Dutch club Feyenoord in 2005 and was then loaned to Den Haag
following an injury.
In 2008, Gibbs returned to MLS and was allocated to the Colorado Rapids, where
he spent two seasons before moving on to New England.
Gibbs played the remainder of his career in Chicago after being selected in
the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Dec. 15, 2010, and he featured in 26 matches the
following season, netting three goals with one assist.
But after starting Chicago's first three matches of this past season, Gibbs
sustained a meniscus injury in training and was out for the rest of the
A U.S. international, Gibbs earned 19 caps for his country after first
featuring against New Zealand in 2003.
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