Friday, May 26, 2006

Cory Gibbs out of World Cup squad

US defender Cory Gibbs (pictured) was ruled out of the World Cup yesterday after suffering an injury to his right knee at some point during Tuesday's match*.

He has been replaced on the roster by 2002 World Cup veteran Gregg Berhalter.

Berhalter recently helped his club Energie Cottbus, of the second division in Germany, earn promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2006-07 season.

He will join the club today in Cleveland ahead of their match with Venezuela.

What this means for the team is the left back position is still a question mark. Will the 32-year old Berhalter be able to settle the side or will it continue to be a weak spot.

* I have seen a couple reports that say the injury happened during a practice, but the US Soccer site says it was during the game. Perhaps it happened during the game but was not noticed by Gibbs to yesterday's practice.



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