Jan. 20, 2005
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Feyenoord Rotterdam has signed former Brown men's soccer standout Cory Gibbs `01 to a four 1/2 year contract, the Dutch club announced Thursday. Gibbs will return to Europe after a one-year stint in Major League Soccer with the Dallas Burn. He becomes the third active American player in the Dutch premier league.
Gibbs, who has 14 appearances with the U.S. national team, will play center back, and is expected to be available after Feyenoord's next match against Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday. Club technical director Mark Wotte described Gibbs in the Dutch daily De Telegras as being ``strong in the air, left-footed and he has exemplary mentality.''
After playing for Brown University, Gibbs joined German club St. Pauli in 2001, where he remained until heading to Dallas in 2003.
Dutch media reported that Gibbs impressed Rotterdam coaches after participating in their winter training camp in the Canary Islands. His arrival is intended to shore up the team's defense, a nagging weak point in the first half of the season.
Gibbs played for Brown from 1997-2000 and was a two-time All-American. In 2000, he led the Bears to a perfect 7-0-0 record in the Ivy League, advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championship. He was a three-time First Team All-Ivy selection as Brown made an NCAA Tournament appearance every year during his four-year tenure.