Gullit impressed by Brown product

January 20, 2005
By Greg Seltzer, Yanks-Abroad.com

Dutch power Feyenoord agreed a fee with MLS for FC Dallas defender Cory Gibbs on Thursday morning, and promptly inked the 25-year old to a contract that will keep him at De Kuip through 2009.

The club did not release financial terms, and general manager Mark Wotte was unavailable for comment.

Gibbs may not be registered in time to play Sunday's clash with Vitesse, however, as receipt of his Dutch work permit could take until next week.

Gibbs, who reluctantly joined MLS following a 3 year stint with German club St. Pauli from 2001-2004, will now make the quick return to Europe, becoming the fourth American in the Dutch Eredivisie along with John O'Brien of Ajax, PSV Eindhoven's DaMarcus Beasley and NEC Nijmegen youngster Charles Kazlauskas.

Having initially impressed Rotterdam officials in the February 2004 friendly against Holland in Amsterdam - during which he marked Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelrooy out of the contest - the Brown University product has been tipped to slot immediately into Ruud Gullit's overhauled defense.

Feyenoord currently sit fourth in the Eredivisie table and are still alive in European play, with a two-legged UEFA Cup round of 32 tie against Portugal's Sporting Lisbon awaiting them in February.

Gibbs has 14 caps for the United States, the most recent coming in November's World Cup qualifier against Jamaica.

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