John Anthony Brooks at VfL Wolfsburg

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by Pagefan, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Pagefan

    Pagefan Member

    Aug 28, 2001
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Add another to the Hertha brigade. I found this guy while looking into Castaneda. Brooks is a '93 (making him eligible for the next two U-20s) and on Hertha's U-17 squad. He's a dual citizen, but one of his idols is Gooch, so that's good.

    http://hertha.de/index.php?id=20103

    He's a defender and has played in all 13 U-17 matches this season, and has scored 2 goals.
     
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  2. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    I have had this guy on my watchlist for a while now -- glad to see Hertha updated their site on the sly, so someone else could get the scoop. ;)

    Nice work and thanks.
     
  3. #1 Feilhaber and Adu

    Aug 1, 2007

    Kind of reminded me of my inquiries about Kevin Bauer at SSV Jahn Regensburg..............had him on the watchlist for months until we finally got confirmation from our German Friends that he was a yank.
     
  4. USvsIRELAND

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    ATL
    He likes Basketball and Hip-Hop.

    We got him! :D
     
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  5. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Are we correct in assuming American dad, German mom? And did he grow up in Germany or the US?
     
  6. Testudo

    Testudo Member+

    Jan 29, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  7. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    More to come on him this week

    But this kid is one of the better prospects the US has at the moment.
     
  8. Real Corona

    Real Corona Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Colorado
    Club:
    FC Metalist Kharkiv
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    CAP HIM NOW!!!!


    Yes, first one to say it.


    *Fist pump*
     
  9. Smithsoccer1721

    Smithsoccer1721 Member+

    Feb 16, 2007
    Middle of the Table
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I know I have said it over in the YNT forum but this kid is talented any under the radar of most fans. Even the ones who troll in the YNT forum.
     
  10. Peretz48

    Peretz48 Member+

    Nov 9, 2003
    Los Angeles
  11. alky13

    alky13 New Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Manchester/NYC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    A very close personal friend of mine had an opportunity to watch some U-23 matches while living in Berlin. He said that Brooks looked like a very, very early version of Jerome Boateng. He has very good feet and can play on the left if needed. He's probably always going to be the faster of the central defenders but will likely not be the strongest.
     
  12. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
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    According to his profile on the Hertha page he's 6'3".
     
  13. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
    You can see him score a goal at minute 2:10 in this video:


    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOFcYHaNhPc"]YouTube - 6. September 2009: U17 SV Werder Bremen - Hertha BSC Berlin 4:4 (Bundesliga Nord/Nordost)[/ame]
     
  14. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Well, if soccer doesn't work out, he can always join the cast of Jersey Shore

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    (As an aside, I feel completely dirty knowing he looked like The Situation. I don't watch Jersey Shore and don't think I've ever seen The Situation on TV. Yet I saw JAB's photo and that's immediately what I thought of. How does that happen?)

    Well, that explains why Rongen didn't have him in qualifying.:eek: Rongen much prefers smaller CBs like Ofori Sarkodie and Bloggin' Jules Valentin to backs with size.
     
  15. MHaifa1913

    MHaifa1913 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Metro
    United States
    Dec 21, 1998
    New York, NY, USA
    Club:
    Maccabi Haifa FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am a Pauly D supporter and I don't see any resemblance between JAB and the Snitchuation.
     
  16. Ghost

    Ghost Member+

    Sep 5, 2001
    I was just reading that Jann George thread and thinking, "Hey, if BShredder could just find us a German center back, we'd be in great shape." And voia.
     
  17. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  18. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
    Sounds like Hertha might be worried about getting raided for Brooks and getting nothing in return (as it happened when Man Utd poached Rossi and Piqué, for example), so they decided to lock him into a contract.

    They must value him pretty highly. And it also makes me wonder if some bigger teams haven't already been sniffing around.
     
  19. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From everyone I've talked to, all rate him very highly. I have him on my predicted US 2014 WC team.

    Getting him to play for the US is an absolute steal in the form of grand larceny
     
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  20. arsenalfc08

    arsenalfc08 Member

    Mar 14, 2005
    ohio
    Makes it even worse that we didn't qualify for the U20 WC.

    Are the Olympics considered a cap tying tournament? I think thats the next opportunity in terms of cap tying to the USA.

    Unless he's already cap tied to the USA I don't know, so many to keep track of :D
     
  21. El Michael

    El Michael Member

    Dec 17, 2009
    Club:
    DC United

    I thought getting Chandler was a complete steal. Now Brooks and Fabian Hurzeler. bshredder you comments about Brooks are very encouraging and I know he's been on the scene for a while but the recent "hype" is a bit unexpected. Anyhow, Germany must be absolutely loaded to loose these guys and not blink an eye. I can't wait to see how Brooks compares to young CB' like Gale and Kitchen.
     
  22. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It shouldn't be unexpected. Rongen tried to bring him in for just about every camp since last summer but it was Hertha that denied his release every single time.

    I like Brooks more than Gale or Kitchen

    Like the U20 WC, the Olympics (and Olympic qualifying) preliminarily cap tie a player. A player could still use a one-time switch.

    As long as US Soccer is interested in Brooks, he'll stay. And I don't think that's going to be a problem.

    Brooks just needs to get physically stronger but the tools are there.
     
  23. Lascho

    Lascho Member+

    Sep 1, 2008
    Hannover, Germany
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    As far as I can tell, the German fed is open for a competition for a player in case he takes part in youth camps for two countries (usually Turkey and Germany), "we want them to have the chance to look at both opportunities, and then decide what's best for them"; but I don't think they'd try to lure away a player who never had been in the picture of the DFB youth coaches, and breaks through for another country.
    The German soccer community won't like it anyway. The public opinion is rather "we want these dual nationals to play for Germany - if they really want to. If they just want to play for a different country - fine, it's their choice. Playing for Germany up to U19 or U21, and then change the flag - extremely bad style, parasitic behavior. Playing for a different country earlier, to become interesting for Germany later? No, that's not our style. We're Germany, we have other options, and don't have to behave like that."
     
  24. juventino3

    juventino3 Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
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    Now before you get off of that high horse, don't forget how the German fed tried to lure Subotic...
     

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