Klinsmann to call up 20-year-old defender for friendly

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Hertha BSC defender John Anthony Brooks is set to receive a call-up from the USMNT for the friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 14, according to German news organization Kicker.

ESPN reporter Jeff Carlisle has confirmed the report via Twitter.

Brooks is of German birth, but his father is American, and he’s not committed to either country as of yet.  This would be a massive blow to the German international team, whom Brooks has represented at the U-20 level, and a huge grab for the United States.

The 6-foot-4 20-year-old has attended a number of camps held by U-20 coach Tab Ramos, but turned down an invite to represent the United States at the past U-20 World Cup in order to recuperate from the past season, which saw Hertha promoted to the German top flight.  He had previously told Berliner Kurier in April that he would play in the U-20 World Cup but hadn’t decided which team.

The Berlin-born defender made his debut with the Hertha senior team last season, and made 29 appearances in the 2.Bundesliga without drawing a single card, and also scored a goal.

Hertha manager Michael Preetz said of Brooks’ call-up, “The appointment will give him a boost and we hope he builds on his good performances of the season in the Bundesliga second division.  This will give us another perspective on a very interesting young player.”

One would now expect Brooks to appear in the friendly, which will take place in Sarajevo at 2:30pm ET.