An up-and-coming talent who now has a FIFA World Cup under his belt, Brooks is a towering center back who possesses all the physical tools and calm demeanor to dominate a match from his position on the back line. With both American and German citizenship, Brooks was called in to Youth National Team camps by both the United States and Germany, making appearances for the U.S. at the U-20 and U-23 level, while also doing so for Germany’s U-19 side. His choice to represent the United States rang loud and clear when he headed home the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win against Ghana in the USA’s opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He is expected to play a key role in the USA’s efforts to qualify and compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Developing more consistent performances, he has earned a regular role as a starter for Hertha Berlin.
- Made his first appearance in official competition count, scoring in the 86th minute against Ghana to break the deadlock and deliver the U.S. a critical 2-1 win
- One of two U.S. players in history to score a goal in a World Cup after coming on as a substitute
- Played the full 90 minutes in two friendlies for the United States in 2013, his first caps as a senior international player
- After coming up through the youth ranks of German club Hertha BSC, Brooks played for one season with the club’s second team before helping the first team gain promotion back to the Bundesliga for the 2013-14 season
2015: Named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster... Made his Gold Cup debut against Honduras on July 7... Has played and started six games this year for the MNT... 2014: Earned four starts and six appearances in his first full year with the Senior Team … Played 45 minutes in the World Cup, scoring the game-winner against Ghana … Started three of the five matches for the United States following the tournament … 2013: Began his U.S. MNT career with a 90-minute outing in the USA’s 4-3 win at Bosnia-Herzegovina … Included in the game-day 18 for the team’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Sept. 6 … Went the full 90 in the USA’s final match of the year against Austria in Vienna … First Appearance: Aug. 14, vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina … First Goal: None