As the German Bundesliga begins for a 33-day winter break, U.S. MNT players John Brooks and Fabian Johnson find their teams near the top of the table.
“We are very excited right now to have Fabian Johnson with Borussia Mönchengladbach and John Brooks with Hertha Berlin being in the top five in the German Bundesliga and doing really, really well,” said MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “This means a lot to us because they get challenged week in and week out with very, very good teams.”
Brooks and Hertha Berlin currently sit in third place with 32 points, thanks in large part to five wins in their last six Bundesliga matches. Brooks has started and completed each of Hertha’s last seven matches, tallying two goals and an assist during that stretch.
“I’ve been talking to his manager and his club over the last couple of weeks, and they are very impressed about his learning curve, about his focus, and hopefully he can keep that up. We are very proud that he’s doing well in Berlin right now.”
Johnson has appeared in every match for ‘Gladbach this season, helping them to fourth in the Bundesliga with 29 points through 17 matches. He recorded four goals and an assist over three games with ‘Gladbach from Nov. 25 through Dec. 5, including a 4-2 Champions League win against Sevilla before handing league leaders Bayern Munich a 3-1 defeat, their first of the campaign.
“For Fabian, having played in the Champions League was a tremendous experience for him as well,” said Klinsmann. “So we are proud that they are doing well, but they have to confirm it week in and week out and hopefully they continue that way.”
Hertha and ‘Gladbach both return to action on Saturday, Jan. 23 against FC Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.
Bundesliga action resumes Jan. 23, with Hertha home to Augsburg, while the Foals face second-place Borussia Dortmund.