JOHN ANTHONY BROOKS
Hertha Berlin (Bundesliga)
#25 | Defender
January 28, 1993 (Age: 21)
6' 5", 180 lbs (1.96 m, 82 kg)
John Anthony Brooks is the son of an American serviceman who was born and raised in Berlin. He came through the ranks of his hometown club, Hertha Berlin, and quickly emerged as one of their most promising prospects. He reached Hertha's reserve team halfway through the 2010-11 season, although he still had a year and a half of remaining eligibility for the U-19 team.
Brooks signed a four-year professional contract with Hertha after the season, turning down interest from Bayern Munich.
Brooks spent nearly all of the 2011-12 season with Hertha II, taking a brief foray back to the U-19 team. Brooks continued to grow during this time, reaching a towering 6'5".
Hertha suffered relegation from the Bundesliga in 2012. After the departure of some players and a very strong preseason, Brooks made his professional debut as a starter in Hertha's 2.Bundesliga opener in August 2012.
By the end of the 2012-13 season, Hertha were league champions and Brooks had established himself as a first XI player. He retained his starting role at the outset of the following season as Hertha returned to the top division.
Brooks holds both German and American citizenship. The player drew interest from both the US and German youth programs and attended camps and played in friendlies for both nations.
In August 2013, Brooks accepted an invitation to join the full US national team for a friendly against Bosnia, spurning a call to the German U-21 team.