February 16, 2004

Men's Soccer Stand-Out Cory Gibbs '01 Selected To U.S. National Team

Feb. 16, 2004

Brown men's soccer stand-out Cory Gibbs '01 has been selected to the U.S. National Team which will face fourth-ranked Holland on Feb. 18 in Amsterdam. The news comes just two weeks after the 2000 Ivy League Player of the Year inked a deal with the Dallas Burn of the MLS.

Gibbs already has seven caps with the U.S. National Team as he was chosen to the team last year, making his debut in the Confederations Cup tune-up against New Zealand on June 8, 2003. He was also a member of the U.S. starting 11 for both matches against Brazil in 2003.

The 2001 Brown grad has spent the past three years with St. Pauli of the regional Bundesliga. "We're very excited to have Cory on board," said Dallas Head Coach Colin Clarke. "I spoke with Bruce Arena (Head Coach of the U.S. National Team) and he spoke very highly of him and regards him to be one of the best young American central defenders. He's got a great future ahead of him and we're looking for him to be the mainstay of our defense for years to come," added Clarke.

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.

"We're very excited that Cory will be back in the U.S. playing. It will be great for us to see him play and watch his career grow," said Brown Head Men's Soccer Coach Mike Noonan. "He will be playing against the greatest teams in the world, including Holland this week, and it will be exciting for the entire Brown soccer community to watch."

The U.S.-Holland showdown on Wednesday will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. ET.