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The Chicago Fire's starting central defense quickly evaporated following the team's 2010 season. They hope they found one answer in selecting and signing Cory Gibbs during Wednesday's second stage of Major League Soccer's re-entry draft.
The 30-year-old Gibbs played a career-high 25 games for the New England Revolution this past season. And Gibbs will be expected to shoulder a heavy load for the Fire's defense now that C.J. Brown has retired and Wilman Conde is no longer with the organization.
The X-factor for Gibbs will be maintaining a healthy stint, as he has suffered through multiple injuries during his career.
|The Fire will turn to Cory Gibbs to help their depleted defense.|
Following his collegiate career at Brown University, Gibbs found his way to FC St. Pauli of the German Bundesliga, where he became the second youngest American to score a goal in league play against FC Cologne on Nov. 24, 2001 (he was 21 at the time).
In MLS, Gibbs played for the Dallas Burn in 2004, Colorado Rapids in 2008 and 2009, then New England in 2010.