Cory Gibbs retires

The Fire announced the retirement of centerback Cory Gibbs today.  The 12 year veteran suffered a knee injury early in the season that initially ruled him out of action for 4-6 months.  After apparently recuperating quickly from the surgery Gibbs was optimistic about a possible return this summer but the knee did not respond as well as hoped.  Rather than continue to attempt to rehabilitate the injury, he is now focused on staying in the game as a coach or a scout.

Gibbs spent two seasons with the Fire and proved to be a valuable locker room presence as well as a solid performer as a starter in 2011.  His most memorable Fire moment came in July of last year when his header gave the Fire a first half lead against Manchester United in a nationally televised match.

His retirement opens up a pretty substantial amount of budget space for the Fire as they look to fortify the roster going in to 2013.  Gibbs was one of the highest paid players on the squad coming into this past season.  The player's union lists him at $165,000.00 guaranteed in 2012.

Filed under: 2012 Post Season

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  • Sad news. Gibbs was a hard-nose player that always left it out on the field. He wasn't afraid to be the enforcer and lay a hard hit on an opposing player and that's something I hope the younger players will copy moving forward.

    I will be interested to see what the front office does with the sudden surplus of salary. Though it's far from "Keane money" I'm sure Cory's cap space should result in a good player or two. Do I hear Seba's wallet opening up...????

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Never say never, but I think it's safe to say the door has closed on a Grazzini return.

  • good luck to gibbs in his future endeavors. he was one of those that showed up and gave it his all everyday.

    on another note, i hear ronaldihno's contract is expiring soon. why are the fire not at least throwing a bid at him?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Gibbs was a quality player and a quality guy as well. He would have been a USMNT regular if not for injuries.

    Ronaldinho? Other than his questionable work ethic, lack of fitness, and huge salary demands I can't think of any reasons why the Fire wouldn't make a bid.

    Mostly his huge salary demands though.....

  • I bet we can buy Marco Pappa's contract back for less than we sold him:) Seriously, is there any talk about adding Corey Gibbs to the Fire's coaching staff? I would think he would be a great addition to the staff. Also, as far as additions go, they could look at Frank Lampard. I also would think the Fire would be wise to contact Tottenham and ask about David Bentley. The guy would be terrific in MLS if he could stay away from the nightlife issues that have been rumored in England. Maybe they could assign Guillermo to be his "minder"?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Gibbs will surely end up somewhere in MLS, not sure if it's here though.

    Pretty sure Frank Lampard is headed for the Galaxy. David Bentley will be available in July. His deal with Tottenham expires this coming summer and he'll find it hard to get playing time there come January when his current loan expires in Russia.

    He's an underachiever with injury issues and may not be worth the big investment. He's also primarily a right mid which isn't a priority at the moment. On the plus side, he's still only 28.

    I'm also not sure I can hang with Chicago nightlife anymore. ;)

  • In reply to Krasov:

    so far for herenveen pappa has played in 4 games as a sub and his only stat is 1 yellow card.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    He had a nice assist this past weekend.

  • I'm not sure why MLS stopped handing out the PR Team award a few years ago but the Fire's PR department would have easily won it this year if the honor was still being doled out by the league. This website focused on the business of soccer still recognizes one staff for outstanding work throughout the year and this season they've picked the Fire as the best PR team.

    Creative and entertaining campaigns integrating the Quaker sponsorship were featured all season long and helped draw local and national attention to the club. The Austin Berry "Life cereal" promo certainly helped Berry gain a vote or two in Rookie of the Year balloting. Other highlghts included the new kit roll out and Dominic Oduro's "everything fast" commercial.

    Nice work from Brendan Hannan, Eunice Kim, Leo Flores, Nick Sintich, and Jeff Crandall.

  • Hat tip to Bunge/Burtonhat and Ugly11 for pointing out another rumor nugget involving the Fire. This one regarding Kostas Katsouranis, an out of contract Greek center mid who supposedly has an offer on the table from Chicago......

    The offseason has now officially started.....

  • Opara released by SJ. He's young and athletic and coming off injuries. I would love to see the Fire take a chance on him if he is not too expensive.

  • In reply to Celt:

    I liked Opara coming out and he had a great rookie season before injuries derailed him. He hasn't really been the same since coming back but if he's available I'd like to see them take a shot at him. I would imagine that he will draw plenty of interest though.


    Not sure if I'd like Ferdinand on the Fire, even with the loss of Gibbs I'd rather see an addition of a proven striker or a real #10. A Ferdinand/Friedrich CB tandem would've been a dream in '06, in '12...???

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    I'd pass on Ferdinand at DP dollars. There are more pressing needs in 2013 than acquiring another centerback that will eat up a big chunk of salary space. They still need depth a CB but not at a big cost.

  • Top Drawer Soccer suggests the signing of midfielder Ian Christianson as a Homegrown player before the draft this January....

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