Brooks: ‘It Was Not A Hard Decision To Play For The USA’
Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks is having a heck of a week. The 20-year-old from Berlin made his debut for his hometown club in the Bundesliga and scored the game-winning goal, then packed for Sarajevo to join the MNT for the first time. The 6-foot-4 centerback and dual citizen has been a part of the U-20 MNT and was also being courted by Germany, and has chosen to represent the United States. ussoccer.com spoke with Brooks about what led to his decision and the time he has spent with his new teammates.
Aug. 14, 2013
© Fedja Krvavac - Sarajevo,BiH./Zabranjeno koristenje ove fotografije bez pismenog odobrenja.
ussoccer.com: How is your first U.S. MNT camp going so far?
JB: “So far everything is fine. My new teammates and the staff have been very nice to me so everything is perfect.”
ussoccer.com: You played for the U-20 MNT and have also been courted by Germany.
What went into your decision to play for the United States?
JB: “The U.S. really wanted me, so it was not a hard decision to play for the USA. I talked a lot to my family. My dad, who is from Chicago, my mom, my sister, my grandparents, my agent … all of them gave me advice. Since I decided to play for the U.S., they have been very happy, congratulating me and wishing good luck.”
ussoccer.com: For those U.S. Soccer fans who haven’t seen you play yet, how would you describe your game?
JB: “I think I am calm on the ball. I have good passing skills. And I am not as slow as I seem [laughs]. I don’t have that much experience yet as it’s my first year in the Bundesliga, so I have to learn a lot. I will learn when I am with the U.S. team and I will learn from Hertha and put those experiences together.”
ussoccer.com: It’s setting up to be a big week for you. You first make your Bundesliga debut and score the eventual game-winning goal, and now you may
make your MNT debut. What are your feelings as you accomplish another goal in your career?
JB: “I just take it step by step. The next step is to play here against Bosnia. When I play, I want to give my best and go from there.”
What is it like for you as a German-American to play for Jurgen Klinsmann, who accomplished so much during his career and is so respected in Germany?
JB: “It’s nice. He has lots of experience and has brought a little bit of German football over here into the team, so it’s exciting for me.”
What is it like to have the other German-Americans in the team?
JB: “It is nice having Jermaine [Jones], Fabian [Johnson] and Danny Williams so I can talk a little bit of German with them [laughs]. We can also talk about the Bundesliga, the U.S., and they can give me little clues. That’s good for me.”