“We are in the Bundesliga. Brooks needs to grow up,” reads the translated headline from Berliner Morgenpost.
It’s been a year of tumult for German-American phenom John Anthony Brooks, particularly during his time at his Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin.
The 20-year-old Brooks, who has made two appearance for the United States this year, was removed after just 32 minutes of Hertha Berlin’s 3-2 win over Werder Bremen for not approaching the game with appropriate energy (and also, surely, for making critical errors on both Bremen goals).
It was the second time he’s been pulled early this season and his manager Jos Luhukay was not shy in his criticism, comparing him to partner in center defense, Swiss back Fabian Lustenberger:
“I don’t think he challenged one duel while he was in, Lustenberger had 15-20 – that’s not gonna work,” Luhukay said. “People are going to grow from such moments. In the Bundesliga, it’s a harsh reality. John started yet another match without enough motivation. He’s not active enough, so I have to react. He needs to shake off this youthfulness and become an adult.
“If he has character, he’ll learn. This was not the first time. He needs to learn it himself – it can only come from him. Otherwise, this won’t be the last time I pull him early.”
Brooks was also pulled after 23 minutes of an August match. Even taking into account his youth, the attitude issues will be troubling for Jurgen Klinsmann as he prepares the U.S. through 2014 and beyond.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.