Trio of Alums Compete In U.S. Open Quarterfinals

Aug. 5, 2004

It was a busy night of soccer on Wednesday for three former Brown standouts. The trio of alums were on the playing field competing in three different U.S. Open Quarterfinal matches. Cory Gibbs '01 was in Overland Park, KS defending the backline for the Dallas Burn, who were battling it out with the Kansas City Wizards. Over in Richmond, VA, Chris Fox '96 and the Richmond Kickers were looking to knock off the Chicago Fire. Finally, Dustin Branan '03 could be seen in St. Paul, MN in his Minnesota Thunder uni, taking on the San Jose Earthquakes. All three defenders played the full 90 minutes while Branan knocked in two goals for the Thunder in its 5-4 penalty kick grudge match. His goal in the 77th minute tied the match at 2-2. All three teams were eliminated from the U.S. Open but will continue regular season play Branan was drafted by the Thunder, who are apart of the United Soccer League, last season. He has played in 19 games, notching two goals and one assist for five points. While at Brown, Branan was a two-time First Team All-Ivy selection. Fox has been with the Kickers, also a member of the USL, for the past seven years. This season he has started in 19 games. While with the Bears he was named an All-American. Gibbs joined the MLS' Dallas Burn earlier this year. Also a member of the U.S. National Team, he has played in 12 games. Gibbs was a two-time All-American at Brown. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2000 as well. All three players lead Brown to NCAA Quarterfinal appearances during their tenures on College Hill.