The US really wanted me – Hertha Berlin’s Brooks

Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks made his international debut on Wednesday night but not for the country where he was born.

Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks made his international debut on Wednesday night but not for the country where he was born.

The native of Berlin played a full 90 minutes for the USA in their surprise 4-3 friendly win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo and prior to the match, revealed it was not a hard decision to pledge his allegiance to the country of his father’s origins.

“The US really wanted me, so it was not a hard decision to play for the USA. I talked a lot to my family. My dad, who is from Chicago, my mom, my sister, my grandparents, my agent … all of them gave me advice,” he told the USsoccer.com.

“Since I decided to play for the US, they have been very happy, congratulating me and wishing good luck.”

And Brroks, who scored in Hertha’s 6-1 opening weekend win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, said his adjustment to the US squad had been made easier by fellow German-Americans Jermaine Jones, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams.

“It is nice having Jermaine, Fabian and Danny Williams so I can talk a little bit of German with them [laughs],” he added.

“We can also talk about the Bundesliga, the US, and they can give me little clues. That’s good for me.”

 
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