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Chicago Fire centerback Cory Gibbs is calling it a career.
The Fire announced Monday that Gibbs is retiring after a 12-year professional career that saw him play in MLS, the German Bundesliga and Eredivisie. The 32-year-old Gibbs also represented the U.S. Men’s National Team, appearing in 19 games from 2003-2006.
Gibbs, a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native, was originally drafted by the Miami Fusion but he elected to play abroad before returning to MLS in 2008. He joined the Fire in 2011 and was voted the club’s Defender of the Year that season.
Injuries plagued Gibbs throughout his career, and cost him most of the 2012 season. He was also slated to be a member of the 2006 U.S. World Cup team before sustaining a knee injury in the run up to the World Cup.
How do you look back on Gibbs’ career? Surprised he retired given that he is only 32? Think The Fire will miss his veteran leadership next season?
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