Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Gibbs Ready To 'Simply Play Football'
Goal.com, August 18th, 2008 1PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Injury has dogged the career of U.S. national team defender Cory Gibbs, 28, but at the weekend he finally made his comeback to competitive soccer by making his debut for the Colorado Rapids in a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Wizards. He told Greg Lalas that all he wants to do now is "simply play football."

"I need to play. I've been injured way too long, jeopardized my future," said Gibbs. His long term goals, though, include not just fighting his way back into the U.S. team, but heading back to Europe, where he just spent two years at Charlton Athletic on the injured list.

He understatedly calls that time "a bit disappointing. I spent two years in England and I wasn't able to get myself fit enough to play. But I definitely see myself back there in the future. Definitely." But can he first establish himself in Major League Soccer? "MLS's history is littered with American players who returned from Europe," writes Lalas, "hoping to jumpstart their careers or 'be seen' and soon found themselves struggling to crack the starting lineup -- good players, like Jovan Kirovski, Greg Vanney, Tony Sanneh."

Gibbs made the move back to MLS once already, when he came back from Germany to play for Dallas in the 2004 season, making 21 starts, and leading to national team call-ups. A move to Feyenoord (with Ruud Gullit in charge) followed, then a loan to Den Haag, and then the transfer to Charlton and the injury that caused him to miss the 2006 World Cup. Over a year later he came back to the reserves and immediately broke his leg in three places, and though he was back to full fitness by the end of last season, he parted ways with Charlton and landed in Denver after L.A. (with Ruud Gullit no longer in charge) passed up the chance to sign him. With that final move, Gibbs said, "I can honestly say I'm happy."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Five Lessons to Prepare for College Soccer    
Ed McLaughlin, the Athletic Director at Virginia Commonwealth who has been involved in college athletics for ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Chivas USA Youth Players Face Murky Future    
Chivas USA, which folded after the 2014 season, had one of the MLS's most ambitious youth ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Mourinho Questions Man City's Transfer Policy     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho suggested that rival Manchester City is not adhering to UEFA's Financial Fair ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives