Let us now praise famous men in this column of text, herein reserved for Hertha Berlin and U.S. men’s national soccer team center-back John Brooks.
Brooks, making only his fifth appearance for the U.S., came on as a substitute in the second half against Ghana and made it count: he scored the game-winning goal off a Graham Zusi corner to give his country all three points in their World Cup opener.
Seriously, good for Brooks, one of Jurgen Klinsmann’s recent German-American converts whose father was a U.S. serviceman from Chicago and mother is a native German. The 21-year-old’s been uber-shaky when playing for the Stars And Stripes, typically communicating and marking poorly; however, after one whiff, Brooks settled down, won balls in the air and on the ground, and then headed home the U.S.’ second goal in the 86th minute after Ghana had just tied the game minutes before. It was his first national team goal.
Apparently, this was also the first ever goal scored by an American substitute in a World Cup game. But who the f*ck cares? The U.S. America’d and World Cupped so hard tonight, and sits in a good spot in its group heading into its Sunday match against a banged-up and dazed Portugal.
Watch Brooks’ goal below.