Another Yank Abroad

Addicks pip Boro to Gibbs
Charlton Athletic have beaten off competition from Uefa Cup finalists Middlesbrough to land USA international Cory Gibbs.

The versatile defender was available on a free transfer after completing the season with Dutch outfit ADO Den Haag.
Good to have another American in the EPL next year. With Convey and Hahnemann joining, and Eddie Lewis doing all he can to make it as well, there may be enough players for a fantasy XI.

Though I did find this interesting:
Gibbs revealed Charlton chairman Richard Murray played a key role in enticing him to join the Valley outfit.

"In the past week I've received interest from Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers, Reading and Charlton," Gibbs told the club's official website.

"Playing Premiership football has always been my dream and I was flattered to have such options. I am joining a club that is ambitious and hungry for success.

"I was hugely impressed with the chairman, Richard Murray, and his ambitious plans for the continued development of the club."
Translation: Mr. Murray was the one offering the most money.


  1. So, to translate for those of you who don't follow US Soccer - that's one new defender coming into the league who is a) athletic; b) good in the air; c) pretty fast; and d) pretty good going forward if he's allowed.

    If he plays left back, he'll be a good bet for some decent points, if he plays primarily at center back, then he's just an OK bet unless Charlton continues to improve its defense...

  2. and Charlton will probably lose both of this year's left backs as Powell gets older and Spector returns to ManU (where he should slot in at 4th choice). So figure between The Hermann-ator and Gibbs they have the left side of their D covered.

    What happened to Sorondo this year? I know he was hurt, but Charlton didn't get any better when he came back. He had such a good season at Palace last year, didn't he?