Another young player with a bright future is defender John Anthony Brooks. He could be a target for Jurgen Klinsmann in 2013 if he continues his ascension through the ranks in Germany. The 19 year old could be the next in a line of German-American players that find their way on the pitch in the stars and stripes. He is not cap tied and so Klinsmann must do his best to persuade him to play in the States.
Brooks was born and raised in Berlin although his father is an American serviceman. He has come up through the ranks of his hometown team Hertha Berlin. With a year and a half of eligibility left for their under-19 team in 2010-11, he made the jump to the Hertha reserve team. After supposedly turning down interest from Bayern Munich, the teenager signed a four year contract.
His rapid rise through the Hertha ranks was accompanied by his own growth spurt as he now stands at 6’5″ by some accounts. The team website has him just over 6’3″. After Hertha Berlin was relegated at the end of last season, Brooks earned a starting role. He would make his professional debut as a starter this past August.
Brooks has been called into several camps for the U.S. under-20 squad and also attended a camp for the Germany under-20. He has four appearances for the U.S. as opposed to just one with Germany. It would seems he favors the American system and the upcoming schedule would be a great time to capitalize.
Brooks is a center back that prefers to use his left foot. Physically he can only get stronger developing into his body. This could give him the advantage to be part of the changing of the guard at the back at Carlos Bocanegra ages to play alongside Geoff Cameron. Of the three profiles we’ve done this week on young potential stars, Brooks may have the biggest upside and the best chance to be called into a National Team camp in the next three months.
After ten matches Hertha Berlin sits in second place in 2 Bundesliga looking to be promoted again next year.