Feyenoord releases Gibbs, who just returned

January 24, 2006

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands -- U.S. defender Cory Gibbs was released Tuesday by Feyenoord, five days after he returned from an injury.

"He will leave because there are many players available in his position," club official Fred Blankemeijer said.

Gibbs hasn't played since hurting his left knee May 28 while playing for the U.S. national team in an exhibition game against England.

"I wanted to fight for my place at Feyenoord and convince the coach of my abilities," Gibbs told the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. "But I will have to think further now."

Gibbs wants to play for the United States at this year's World Cup. The 26-year-old scored one goal in 15 appearances after joining Feyenoord from Major League Soccer's Dallas team in January 2005.


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