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John Anthony Brooks Declines German U-21 Offer

The talented center back turned down Germany's U-21 coach and could join the Stars and Stripes in Sarajevo next week. If this in fact happens, it would be another recruiting victory for Jurgen Klinsmann.

BY Josh Deaver Posted
August 08, 2013
12:47 PM
After receiving invitations to join both the U.S. men’s national team and the German under-21 squad during the upcoming international break, Brooks’ name did not appear on head coach Horst Hrubesch’s 22-man roster released Thursday.

U.S. soccer will announce the roster for the Bosnia friendly on Monday.

Just one day earlier Hrubesch publically indicated his desire to have the 20-year old defender join the German program, presumably paving the way for a cap-tying match at the youth level against Faroe Islands during qualifying for the 2015 U21 Euro tournament, which begins in September. Instead, Brooks is now in line to make his debut for the American senior team when it takes on Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo on August 14th.

While it remains unconfirmed that Brooks has accepted the invite from Klinsmann, the fact that he is not on the German roster is a very good sign towards his future with the national team.

Securing the services of Brooks would be another huge coup for U.S. Soccer and for Jurgen Klinsmann, having already received word that Icelandic-American forward Aron Johannsson has filed a one-time switch with FIFA and will also attend the American training camp beginning early next week.

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