Cory Gibbs '01
Cory Gibbs '01 had tremendous success while playing for Brown from 1997-2000. During his tenure, he led the Bears to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Elite Eight his senior year in 2000. The 2000 Ivy League Player of the Year, Gibbs guided Brown to a perfect 7-0-0 record in the Ivy League that year.
Since graduating from Brown, Gibbs has gone on to even greater success on the soccer field. He was added to the U.S. National Men's Soccer Team roster in January of 2003 and signed a contract with the Dallas Burn of the MLS in February of 2004 after three years with St. Pauli of the regional Bundesliga. A year later, Gibbs signed a four and a half year contract with the elite Feyenoord Rotterdam, becoming just the third active American in the Dutch Premier League.
In May of 2006, Gibbs inked a deal with Charlton of the F.A. Premier League a few days after being selected to the 2006 U.S. FIFA World Cup roster. Unfortunately for Gibbs, an injury suffered during a match against Morocco later that month, sidelined him from the World Cup. In May 2008, it was announced that he would leave Charlton on June 30, at the end of his contract. He never played a game for Charlton due to injuries.
Up until his injury, Gibbs had racked up 19 caps for the U.S. National Team. Gibbs saw action in seven matches in his inaugural campaign in 2003, including three starts in the Gold Cup and two in France. He played all 90 minutes in the World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala on March 30, 2005, helping lead the U.S. to a 2-0 shutout victory.
Gibbs was acquired by the Colorado Rapids in August of 2008, and was immediately part of the starting lineup. He battled back from injuries in 2006-07 to earn the 2008 Rapids' Defender of the Year honors. He made his Rapids debut playing 90 minutes on 8/16 vs. Kansas City and then appeared in nine games with nine starts and tallied his first career MLS goal, which was also an MLS Goal of the Week nominee, against LA on Oct. 12. In 2009, he started in 19 of 20 games playing 1,575 minutes. Gibbs was then acquired by the New England Revolution prior to the start of the 2010 season, and after the season with the Revs, he has been selected in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry draft to the Chicago Fire.
National Team Highlights
- Made Under-20 National Team debut in a 6-0 win over Bolivia.
- Scored first international goal against Costa Rica in a 1-1 draw in the Under-20 CONCACAF qualifying match.
- Added to the U.S. National Team's roster in January.
- Earned first cap versus New Zealand on June 8, entering the game in the second half.
- Earned first start for the National Team at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup against Brazil on June 21.
- Started in three games at the Gold Cup.
- Logged 559 minutes in seven games, including six starts.
- Played and started in three games, playing all 90 minutes in each World Qualifying match.
- Initially selected to the FIFA World Cup roster before suffering an injury during a friendly with Morocco in May.
- Drafted by the Miami Fusion with the 40th overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft.
- Signed with F.C. St. Pauli of the German Bundesliga professional league.
- Scored first professional goal for St. Pauli in a game versus Cologne, becoming the youngest American player ever to score a goal in the Bundesliga as well as the youngest to play a full 90 minutes.
- Appeared in his 65th and final career matches with St. Pauli
- Signed with the Dallas Burn of the MLS in February.
- Started for the Western Conference in the MLS All-Star Game
- Signed four and a half year contract with Feyenoord Rotterdam of the Dutch Premier League.
- Made his debut with Feyenoord on January 23, 2005, immediately earning the spot of starting central defender.
- Signed with Charlton of the F.A Premier League
- Signed with the Colorado Rapids
- Tallied his first career MLS goal against LA on Oct. 12
- Appeared in 20 games, 19 starts, playing 1,575 minutes.
- Acquired by the New England Revolution prior to the start of the 2010 season
- His 24 appearances (all starts) and 2,179 minutes played marked new MLS career highs
- Third on the team in minutes played
- Selected by the Chicago Fire in Stage 2 of the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft
Jeff Larentowicz '05
Jeff Larentowicz '05 made 66 appearances on Stevenson Field when playing at Brown. He helped guide the Bears to two Ivy League Championships and scored seven goals and six assists. A two-time second-team NSCAA All-America selection and a four-time All-Ivy performer, Larentowicz was selected by the New England Revolution in the fourth round (45th overall) in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft. After five seasons with the Revs, Larentowicz was acquired by the Colorado Rapids prior to the start of the 2010 season.
Although primarily a reserve during his first season with the Revolution, he quickly worked his way into the lineup and established himself a legitimate starting-caliber midfielder during the 2006 season. That year, he started in 19 total matches and appeared in all four postseason games. He recorded his first-career MLS goal on Aug. 27 after he netted the game-winner against Columbus. Larentowicz was arguably MLS' most-improved player from 2006 to 2007, establishing himself as one of the league's top up-and-coming talents in the midfield. In 2007, he started 28 games in the defensive midfield, scoring three goals and adding four assists. Had a career day against Chicago on May 6, scoring a goal off a corner kick and later assisting on a game-winner in the second half for his first-career multiple point game. He started all four of the Revs' postseason games
In 2008, Larentowicz started 28 regular-season games, playing both as a defensive midfielder and a central defender. He combined for four goals, marking a new single-season high, and added two assists. Overall, he has made 36 appearances, all starts, including regular season, SuperLiga, Champions League and playoff games.
In 2009, Larentowicz started 28 matches as a central midfielder and recorded one goal and two assists, each of which was a game-winner. Overall, he played in 35 matches, including one Open Cup match, four SuperLiga matches and two MLS Cup Playoff matches. During his five seasons with New England, Larentowicz climbed into ninth place on the Revolution's all-time games started list (103) and minutes played list (9,305).
With the Rapids, Larentowicz was named to the 2010 MLS All-Star Team, and played all 30 games, a career-high, and scored a career-high tying four goals in 2010.
Darren Eales '95
A native of Cambridge, England, Darren Eales '95 was one of the best offensive players to come through Brown University. In his three-year career, Eales combined for 83 points (31g, 21a) and was named the Ivy League's Player of the Year, NSCAA All-American and USA Today Student Athlete of the Year after a stellar senior campaign. Eales' hard work and dedication to the Brown soccer program is still remembered, as his 83 career points ranks fourth all-time in Brown soccer history, as well as his 31 goals that rank sixth and 21 assists that rank fifth.
Eales, a transfer from West Virginia University, earned First Team All-Atlantic 10 during his rookie year with the Mountaineers. He effortlessly made the transition to Brown, and helped rebuild a struggling team.
He earned both first team All-Ivy and Second Team All-New England honors during his sophomore and junior season, and was named the Bears' Best Offensive Player in 1993. He was also selected to be an Academic All-Ivy, and GTE Academic All-American (District 1) selection his junior year. His sophomore year he led both his team and the League in goals (9) and was honored as the team's MVP and Best Offensive Player.
In 1995, he signed with the Hampton Roads Mariners for the USISL. He spent two seasons with the Mariners, scoring 24 goals in 19 games in 1995. He also played for the New York Centaurs in the A League in 1995, as well as appearing for the Hershey Wildcats in the USISL in 1997.
After being injured, he returned to England where he read law at Cambridge University, and gained his Cambridge Blue for soccer in 1998. He became a barrister in 2000 and joined 2 Temple Gardens chambers in London.
In March 2006, Eales was hired as in-house legal counsel by West Bromwich Albion Football Club, where he went on to become Legal Director/Club Secretary. He joined Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as Director of Football Administration in July 2010.