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John Brooks: The Most Expensive American Soccer Player Ever

BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 22: John Anthony Brooks of Hertha BSC and Mario Gomez of VfL Wolfsburg compete for the ball during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and VfL Wolfsburg at Olympiastadion on April 22, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 22: John Anthony Brooks of Hertha BSC and Mario Gomez of VfL Wolfsburg compete for the ball during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and VfL Wolfsburg at Olympiastadion on April 22, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Let’s go ahead and jot this one down as a win for American soccer players every where and the growth of game here in the states. John Brooks has joined VFL Wolfsburg from Hertha Berlin for a reported €20 million. If you didn’t know, that now makes Brooks the most expensive American player transfer to date. The previous record was set back in 2013 when Jozy Altidore moved to Sunderland from AZ Alkmaar for 10 millions euros. Brooks is only 24 years old and has the US National team fans salivating at what kind of player he could become down the road for the country.

Brooks has been on the up ever since his impressive performances at the 2014 World Cup in which he scored the memorable game winning goal against Ghana in the opening game for the USA. I made a prediction during that tournament that I believed Brooks would be the perfect captain down the road for the USMNT. I believe that could now be derailed in ways with Bruce Arena in charge and not Jurgen Klinsmann, but nevertheless, I believe that Brooks will go down as one of the best American soccer players of this generation if not all time.

Brooks had played for Hertha his entire career. Starting off as a youth player for them before making the jump to the second team in 2011. He played for both the first and second team from 2012 and on where he would make sporadic appearances. Before making the move to Wolfsburg today, he made 118 appearances for the club and was able to score seven goals all while being a rock at the back for the team. His move will not only create a huge opportunity for Brooks, but it will now open even more doors for other American star players.

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The biggest thing this could affect moving forward is the move for Christian Pulisic if and when he ever moves on from Dortmund. Both Brooks and Pulisic are arguably the two biggest names in American Soccer and will be the two stars moving forward in my eyes. With Brooks being a now 20 million euro man, I believe that will help Pulisic be a possible 30 million euro plus player since he is young, promising, and already looks like a first team player wherever he goes.

This move today marks a huge day for US Soccer and John Brooks has made history. I will say it again, Let’s go ahead and jot this one down as a win for American soccer players everywhere and the growth of game here in the states. Today was a huge day for the USMNT.

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