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Klinsmann to call up 20-year-old defender for friendly

Jul 26, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

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Hertha BSC defender John Anthony Brooks is set to receive a call-up from the USMNT for the friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 14, according to German news organization Kicker.

ESPN reporter Jeff Carlisle has confirmed the report via Twitter.

Brooks is of German birth, but his father is American, and he’s not committed to either country as of yet.  This would be a massive blow to the German international team, whom Brooks has represented at the U-20 level, and a huge grab for the United States.

The 6-foot-4 20-year-old has attended a number of camps held by U-20 coach Tab Ramos, but turned down an invite to represent the United States at the past U-20 World Cup in order to recuperate from the past season, which saw Hertha promoted to the German top flight.  He had previously told Berliner Kurier in April that he would play in the U-20 World Cup but hadn’t decided which team.

The Berlin-born defender made his debut with the Hertha senior team last season, and made 29 appearances in the 2.Bundesliga without drawing a single card, and also scored a goal.

Hertha manager Michael Preetz said of Brooks’ call-up, “The appointment will give him a boost and we hope he builds on his good performances of the season in the Bundesliga second division.  This will give us another perspective on a very interesting young player.”

One would now expect Brooks to appear in the friendly, which will take place in Sarajevo at 2:30pm ET.

  1. mkbryant3 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Nothing like playing attractively and winning to coax a player to our side.

    (Hey, gotta let our streak permeate every story)

    • harce2012 - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      US continues to find success in the lower eschelon of Central American futbol. This is because of the great young American athletes, not the tactical or strategic prowess or thinking of the coaching staff. So the matter of who they play to accumulate wins is not an asett to great players trying to make their mind where to play for the international team. US men win on the strength or our youth. Given better coaching and preparation in competition, the US would enjoy greater prestige against the world powers. So, great we win against Honduras, Venezuela, Jamaica, Cuba, Panama, even Mexico. Great!!!…. We must take the US team to Brasil, England, Holland, Germany, France, Spain, Argentina, and mix the high level of experience, on an on-going basis for competitiveness at that level to be ingrained. So, this kid plays for a second division team in Germany! where would the US National Team end up playing in a premier league around the world?? You answer that question… Yes, he would be a good match for the US as a defender at our level of play. It would not necessarily elevate our capacity to counter the best! Let our wonderful US players loose on the world stage!!! What is Damarcus Beasley appointment to the team about? You answer that question…American coaches are still enamored with speedsters who can run fast but not dribble or dodge a tree at half speed! How many times does Damarcus loose the ball by not being able to turn or faint?? When he was young and at the top of “HIS” game!! By the way, Klinsman is another past star, rightly so a great player, just marking time in the US passing as a coach. Time to come to terms that the US has enough youth talent coming from the efforts of youth coaches all around the country for the past 40 years that we could fund 2 or 3 international teams. Time to pass the coaching batton from businessmen, academics, and High School coaches to pedigree coaches of the sport. Time to poach a “Coaching Dream Team” of 3 to 5 top premier league coaches from around the world to form the axis of our next US Coaching Training Programs and US National Team. Stop bringing to America the leftovers of the sport!! So, who makes these decisions??? I don’t even want to know. It has been great Marketing, and great fun to see David and others come to play in the US at the end of their careers. Much fun and dollars for all!! The sport is still predicated on the lower experience of Central American Soccer…so what’s new for the US soccer program??? Time to be selfish, take our kids where the competition is…and bring in the coaching academy for adults…someone knowledgeable has to be in charge in US Soccer…

      • joeyt360 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        Fewer ellipses and more paragraphs please.

      • rhaaland - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        Would wins against Spain…..Italy….and Germany be the time of results you’re looking for?

      • snooppp68 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        You’re out of your mind! I guess you didn’t see the Costa Rica match; even game until a superb, “Play of the Match”, save by the U.S. goalie and a “fast break” goal. Donovan looked mediocre versus the Costa Ricans; GET A CLUE!!!!

  2. talgrath - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    If I were a young man, looking at declaring for either Germany or the US, I would have to ask myself the question, where will I be more appreciated? Germany has, in short, a much better overall team (even with the US playing as well as they have lately), the US gives me more of a chance to be a solid starter, rather than a back-up on the 2nd or 3rd string. Of course, if you are absolutely confident you will be a solid starter for Germany, you might go there, in the short term at least, you have a better chance of getting to raise that World Cup trophy.

    • joeyt360 - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Well, most of them look at it as”where do I get the best chance to play in the biggest game on the biggest stage?”

      Which is why Germany is often going to win. They not only get a better chance to go deeper in the WC, they also have the Euros, which are almost as big.

      But I have to say I’ve seen a distinct pattern of guys with Afro-American heritage choosing the USA. I don’t think it’s an accident, I think it’s a certain cultural connection with African-Americans.

      • mknow406a - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        If you are not on Bayern or Dortmund you’re not getting a sniff at the German national team (and don’t get me started on MLS/US Soccer pandering costing the US Subotic!), …. Fair no… Reality, yes. Since Bayern is going to continue “buy” big names, the chances of making it there are very slim…just like a top English player making it at Chelsea. Brooks was wanted by Bayern before he re-signed with Hertha. Just because a player is German doesn’t make him good. Likewise, just because he’s 20 and not currently in the national set-up doesn’t mean he’s a not high potential player and a legit long-term international. Integrating these players only serves to increase the quality of competition within the US camp… and hence the US player pool as a whole as the “current” stars have to compete with players with greater tactical understanding.

  3. hildezero - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    This is obviously good news for US Soccer, but let’s be real here. How many times have we all been here, where there’s excitement about a young European player choosing the US then later all that excitement drops because he wasn’t as great we all thought he was. Let’s hope this one turns out to be much better.

  4. nussdorferac - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    A fine talent. And the magazine “kicker” isn’t capitalized (an odd thing for German).

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