The United States national team is set to participate in an international friendly football match with Germany, and they are hoping to perform well against the defending World Cup champions.
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed that 22-year-old defender John Brooks is expected to crack the starting XI, and he will give Brooks the chance to prove that he belongs there.
Like Klinsmann, Brooks hails from Germany but eventually moved to the U.S. He scored for the first time in the 2015 international season when the U.S. played in a friendly match with the Netherlands. They won that match, 4-3.
Brooks had also scored in the 2014 World Cup when the U.S. won a group stage match against Ghana.
After the World Cup, he resumed his football career with Bundesliga club Hertha and made 17 appearances.
Brooks had previously received criticism for his attitude and heart, but Klinsmann noted his dramatic change.
“He’s made a huge step, also in his personality development,” Klinsmann said to ESPN FC.
He won 68 percent of duels with opponents, which was promising for Klinsmann and will help him get on track to securing a starting spot.