Chicago Fire and former U.S. national team center back Cory Gibbs announced his retirement Monday, calling it quits on a 12-year career.
Gibbs' career was plagued by injuries, and he missed the majority of the 2012 season after tearing his right meniscus during a training session in early April. Gibbs was set to be part of the U.S. roster for the 2006 World Cup, but he suffered a knee injury in a pre-tournament friendly against Morocco that prevented him from taking part in Germany.
“It was a tough decision,” Gibbs said in a team statement. “After discussing it with the medical staff, my wife and family, it is the right time for me to step away from the playing field. I’ve done everything in my power to return to the game; however, my latest injury has made it too difficult to play again. It was an honor to represent the United States and the Fire, along with all of the clubs I played with throughout my career."
Gibbs began his professional career with St. Pauli in Germany and also played for Feyenoord and ADO Den Haag in the Netherlands in addition to MLS sides Dallas Burn, Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution and Chicago.
Gibbs' involvement with the sport is unlikely to conclude with his announcement. He hinted that a future role in management and scouting may be in the offing.
"Now coming to terms with my decision to retire, I am truly excited to transition into a new venture in my career," Gibbs said. "Coaching, working with a club and scouting are my greatest desires. I will be as committed off the pitch as when I was playing.”
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