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Chicago Fire veteran Cory Gibbs retires

Cory Gibbs scored a memorable header goal against Manchester United in 2011 at Soldier Field.

Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Cory Gibbs announced his retirement from professional soccer on Monday. The veteran defender missed most of the 2012 season with a torn meniscus that he suffered on April. 4. Gibbs played professionally for 12 seasons, and played with Chicago Fire in 2011 and part of 2012.

Gibbs wanted to return to action in 2012, and showed some signs of recovery at team practices, but he never got into a match. He finished the 2012 season having played in just three matches. Overall, Gibbs played in 26 contests with the Fire, scoring three goals in that time.

Prior to his stint with Chicago, Gibbs played with European clubs and other MLS squads. He also appeared 19 times with the U.S. national team.

After Gibbs' injury, Austin Berry was filled in at defender. The young Berry responded to the challenge, and went on to earn the MLS Rookie of the Year award.