The U.S. Men's National Team needed some positive news this weekend after Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood were removed from the roster for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches with Honduras and Panama due to injuries.
The good news came from in front of nets worldwide, as some of the players headed to California this week struck the back of the net in their respective club matches.
Hertha Berlin wasn't pleased with his decision to participate in the Copa America Centenario this summer, but John Brooks' play with the U.S. Men's National Team has earned him praise from the German club.
The 23-year-old centerback has made waves this summer, not only within U.
The U.S. Men's National Team was far from perfect against Paraguay on Saturday night, and Jurgen Klinsmann and co. may have had their Copa America ended if not for the heroics of their young centerback.
John Brooks played like an elite defender on Saturday night, and his numerous bailouts of his backline led the way in a 1-0 win over Paraguay.
The U.S. Men's National Team will begin their Copa America journey on Friday against Colombia, but the squad's overall performance at the tournament holds great weight for several of Jurgen Klinsmann's players.
While top clubs will be watching some of the squad's younger players, other contributors will be playing for a place in the USMNT going forward.
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin were far from their best on the defensive end on Saturday, but the U.S. Men's National Team defender found a way to make an impact on the attacking end in the final match before the international break.
Brooks scored his team'ssecond goal of the match on Saturday as Hertha Berlin slumped to a 4-2 defeat to Cologne.
Following the conclusion of the 2. Bundesliga's winter break, Julian Green earned a starting nod in his debut for his new club.
Green started and played the first 45 minutes for Stuttgart on Sunday as the 2. Bundesliga powerhouse slipped past St. Pauli with a 1-0 win. The victory sees the club move into second place, behind leaders Eintracht Braunschweig on goal differential.
The Bundesliga once again takes centerstage on Wednesday as several Americans could see the field ahead of the winter break.
Following a goalscoring performance last time out, Alfredo Morales will look to continue to build as Ingolstadt takes on Freiburg. The American midfielder is in the lineup as Ingolstadt looks to climb out of the relegation zone.
In a clash of American regulars, John Brooks and Hertha Berlin emerged victorious.
Brooks played all 90 minutes and maintained a clean sheet as Hertha toppled Fabian Johnson and 10-man Borussia Monchengladbach. Brooks and co. held on to their second shutout in three games while riding a Salomon Kalou hat-trick to a 3-0 win.
John Brooks is set to return from injury, but his return to the lineup is far from guaranteed.
The U.S. Men's National Team defender returned to Hertha Berlin training on Tuesday after missing matches againstSchalke, Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt due to a groin injury. The centerback says his return comes "without any problems", according to Kicker.
John Brooks' recent injury is set to keep him sidelined for one of the more anticipated clashes of the young Bundesliga season.
Hertha BerlincoachPal Dardai said Tuesday that Brooks will miss Wednesday's clash with Bayern Munich while adding that the U.S. Men's National Team defender is also unlikely to feature against Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend.
An injury looks set to keep John Brooks sidelined for another big game.
Brooks missed Hertha Berlin training on Tuesday with what has been described as muscular problems and is doubtful forthis weekend's Bundesliga clash with Schalke. Brooks has been a key part of Hertha's side in their first two matches this season, both wins, and would be a tough miss for the team as they face a Schalke squad looking to bounce back after losing each of their opening matches.
After a busy summer with the U.S. Men's National Team, John Brooks was due for some time off. However, after suffering an injury in the Copa America, Brooks has returned to his club early to undergo further assessment.
Originally scheduled for a three-week break, Brooks instead returned to Hertha Berlin to undergo treatment forknee inflammation that kept him out of the Copa America third-place game.
As the summer rolls around and the U.S. Men's National Team gears up for next month's Copa America Centenario,Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai has again come out and expressed his displeasure in centerback John Brooks over his plans.
The 23-year-old defender is set to miss the beginning of Berlin's preseason due to the conflict with Copa America, followed by a three-week break the American will be taking after the tournament's conclusion.
Americans plying their trade in Europe and Mexico will face off against their compatriots this weekend, with battles taking place on both ends of the table.
A German Bundesliga matchup with UEFA Champions League implications will feature an American on either side.Fabian Johnson and BorussiaMoenchengladbach play host to John Brooks and Hertha Berlin on Sunday, with Moenchengladbach in need of a result to continue the fight for next season's Champions League.
John Brooks has rejoinedHertha Berlin ahead of Tuesday's U.S. Men's National Team clash with Guatemala, and the German club is far from happy with the condition the centerback is returning in.
Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz said that Brooks'early return from international duty "raises a few questions" as Brooks looks set to miss out on the club's clash with Borussia Monchengladbach due to injury.
Questions about John Brooks' future at Hertha Berlin have been put to rest, as he is staying put for the foreseeable future.
Hertha Berlin announced on Saturday that Brooks has signed a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. The German Bundesliga club had publicly expressed its desire tosign the 23-year-old centerback to a new deal in recent weeks and months, but his apparent reluctance to do so led to questions and rumors about whether he would be sold this winter.
John Brooks has gone from not scoring at all to scoring twice in three games.
Brooks helped Hertha Berlin advance in DFB Pokal by scoring the insurance goal in a 2-0 road win over Nurnberg on Wednesday. The 22-year-old centerback struck in the 65th minute, beating his defender to the spot on a corner kick and heading neatly to the far post.
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