Cory Gibbs '01 Continues To Shine For U.S. National Men's Soccer Team

June 23, 2004

Former Brown men's soccer standout Cory Gibbs '01 has continued to build-up his already impressive resume over the past few months. After signing with the Dallas Burn of the MLS back in February, Gibbs has recently had to take some time off with the Burn to rejoin the U.S. Men's National Team as it bids for a spot in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Last week the U.S. advanced to the semifinal round of the FIFA World Cup qualifying, which opens in Jamaica on Aug. 18, by defeating Grenada 6-2. Gibbs earned the start in the backfield, completing his 11th cap. He was first added to the National Team's roster over one year ago, making his debut as a substitute in the Confederations Cup tune-up vs. New Zealand on June 8, 2003.

The semifinal stage of the FIFA World Cup qualifying will feature three groups of four teams that will play six round-robin games (one home and one away against each opponent) from Aug. 18 through Nov. 17. The top two teams from each four-team semifinal round group will advance to the final round of qualifying in 2005.

The 2000 Ivy League Player of the Year has logged 289 minutes in four games for the U.S. this year. Gibbs saw action in seven matches in his inaugural campaign, including three starts in the Gold Cup and two in France.

The Dallas Burn kicked off the 2004 season in April with Gibbs playing and starting in six games thus far. Prior to joining the Burn, Gibbs spent the last three years with St. Pauli of the regional Bundesliga, where he became the youngest American to play a full 90 minutes in the Bundesliga. His goal vs. F.C. Cologne on November 24, 2001 made him the youngest American to score a goal in the Bundesliga as well.

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.

Following the U.S. win over Grenada, Gibbs took some time out to answer a few questions with dallasburn.com. Click here to view the interview, courtesy of dallasburn.com.