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Brooks scores as Hertha Berlin falls to Cologne

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’s second goal of the match on Saturday as Hertha Berlin slumped to a 4-2 defeat to Cologne. The goal was Brooks’ first of the season as he prepares to join the USMNT for World Cup qualifying.

It didn’t take long for Brooks and Hertha Berlin to fall behind, as Yuya Osako fired Cologne ahead just six minutes in. Forward Anthony Modeste added a brace of his own to that lead, giving the hosts a 3-0 advantage heading into halftime.

A Vedad Ibisevic penalty kick brought Hertha Berlin back into the match before Modeste completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute. Brooks headed home his goal six minutes later, heading home a corner kick from Vladimir Darida for the final goal of the match.

Check out a video of Brooks’ goal below:


  1. the following has been obvious this week:

    Fabian Johnson is a midfielder (sucks that he’s injured)
    Timmy Chandler is slow as hell on the right wing against top flight opposition, and it showed for Eintracht Frankfurt against Bayern Munich (was OK against Hamburg)
    Geoff Cameron should be our DM in front Gonzalez and Brooks. Chelsea where lucky to win an Cameron stood his ground in the midfield (don’t know where Bradley is going to play)
    Bobby wood is our number one striker. He showed a lot of effort (foul after foul lol) and was very involved in the attack for hamburg

    • Cameron has looked really good at the #6 spot for Stoke. For the US tho, i would rather have Acosta or another attacker in with Cameron at CB than Omar Gonzalez. Watch those hideous November games over we would have been better off if we left Omar on the bench and played with 10 players. Zimmerman looks promissing as do all the recent u20 cbs so wont be long.

      More of this from Brooks! I can believe this his 1st of the year.


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