May 9, 2006
After recently being named to the U.S. World Cup Roster, former Brown standout Cory Gibbs '01 has signed with Charlton of the F.A. Premier League, pending the acquisition of a work permit. Gibbs joins the Charlton club from the Dutch club Feyenoord.
In the past week I've received interest from Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers, Reading and Charlton," said Gibbs. "Playing Premiership football has always been my dream and I was flattered to have such options, but having met with the representatives from Charlton I was hugely impressed with the chairman, Richard Murray, and his ambitious plans for the continued development of the club."
"Cory is one of the first names I put on my teamsheet and is an outstanding defender of international quality," said Bruce Arena, head coach of the U.S. National Team. "I am sure he will be a big favorite with the Charlton fans and I am not surprised that so many Premiership clubs tried to secure his signature once he made it clear he would be leaving Feyenoord. I wish him every success with his new club."
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.
Gibbs will join up with the US squad at a pre-World Cup training camp on Wednesday in Cary, North Carolina. America face the Czech Republic, Italy and Ghana in Germany this summer.