John Brooks
Men's National Team

John Brooks

Defender Caps/Goals - 37/3
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    6-4 / 175

  • Hometown

    Berlin, Germany

  • Club

    Wolfsburg (Germany)

An up-and-coming talent with 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. Following several strong seasons with Hertha Berlin, Brooks secured a high-profile transfer to Wolfsburg in Summer 2017, with the $20.4 million fee coming in as a record for U.S. players. With eyes shifting to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the 25-year-old center back will be looked to as a key veteran in the U.S. team moving forward.

  • His $20.4 million transfer to Wolfsburg set a new record fee for an American player
  • Made a career high 11 appearances for the MNT in 2016
  • Started all six games as the USA finished fourth at Copa America Centenario, turning in a particularly strong performance in the MNT’s group finale against Paraguay
  • 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

Personal – The son of an American serviceman and German mother, Brooks has a tattoo of the state of Illinois on his right elbow to symbolize the birthplace of his father and the city of Berlin to symbolize his own birthplace … Says his mom is the most important person in his life … Has a sister and a half-brother … possesses dual citizenship, holding passports of the United States and Germany …

U.S. National Team – 2017: Appeared in four matches, helping to keep clean sheets in two World Cup Qualifiers, a 6-0 win vs. Honduras (March 24) and 2-0 victory vs. Trinidad & Tobago (June 8) … 2016: Earned a career-high 11 appearances for the USA, tallying one goal along the way … Scored his third international goal in a 4-0 victory against Bolivia (May 28) … Started five of six matches at Copa America Centenario and memorably put in a monster defensive effort in the USA’s 1-0 win against Paraguay (June 11) … 2015: Achieved a career-high 10 starts and appearances for the MNT in 2015, tallying one goal … Started and played in four of six CONCACAF Gold Cup matches … Scored a 70th minute strike in the USA’s 4-3 comeback win at the Netherlands on June 5 … 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, 2013 vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina First Goal: June 16, 2014 vs. Ghana … First World Cup Appearance: June 16, 2014 vs. Ghana … First World Cup Goal: June 16, 2014 vs. Ghana First WCQ Appearance: Nov. 11, 2016 vs. Mexico … First WCQ Goal: none

Professional – 2017-18: Secured an American record $20.4 million transfer to Wolfsburg during the summer … Injured in his club debut during a DFB-Pokal match at Eintracht Norderstedt which limited him to just seven appearances during the first half of the Bundesliga season …  2016-17: Started all 24 league appearances, scoring two goals in helping Hertha Berlin finish sixth and earn a spot in UEFA Europa League Qualifying … Appeared in three DFB-Pokal matches and two UEFA Europa League Qualifying contests … Scored in a 4-2 loss at Köln (March 3) and a 2-0 win vs. Augsburg (April 9) … 2015-16: Started 20 of 23 appearances, scoring one goal to help Hertha Berlin finish seventh in the Bundesliga … Made four appearances in leading Hertha Berlin to the Semifinals of the DFB Pokal (German Cup) … Tallied in the 65th minute of Hertha Berlin’s 2-0 DFB Pokal win at Nurnburg on Dec. 16 … Scored game-winning goal in Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen on Dec. 5 …   2014-15: Completed the 2014-15 season with 27 appearances and one goal for Hertha Berlin … After dealing with injury to start the 2015-16 season, Brooks came on strong, making 10 appearances and scoring two goals before the end of 2015 … 2013-14: Completed the 2013-14 campaign with 16 appearances overall … Scored in the 2-0 win against Eintracht Braunschweig on April 26, earning Bundesliga Team of the Week honors … After falling behind after the World Cup, he resumed a regular role as a starter after seven games into the 2014-15 season … 2012-13: Played in 29 matches for Hertha BSC as a regular starter at center back, scoring one goal, an 87th-minute equalizer in the final match of the season against Energie Cottbus

The Journey: John Brooks