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“I’m Sad for John Brooks” – Jurgen Klinsmann Talks About the USMNT Defender

Published 07/24/2022, 2:36 PM EDT

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The USMNT is preparing for the World Cup in Qatar. Gregg Berhalter’s entire focus is on the esteemed tournament after the nation failed to make it there in 2018. However, veteran centre-back John Brooks might not make it to the biggest competition in the world.

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The 29-year-old had been playing for the USMNT for several years, before falling out of favour with Gregg Berhalter. He hasn’t played for his country ever since September of last year, and it doesn’t look like that would change any time soon.

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Former USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann was the man who nurtured and developed Brooks with the national team. He started playing for the team in 2013 and played a key role in the World Cup in 2014.

However, Berhalter has since said that Brooks will not play for the USMNT unless he changes his club. The USMNT play a high line, and Brooks’ club Wolfsburg don’t. In an interview with ESPN, Klinsmann reacted to Berhalter’s decision and gave his thoughts.


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I’m sad for John because I think he’s a very, very good centre-back and especially the experience that he has in the international game is outstanding. He has tremendous experience. But again, it’s Gregg’s decision, and John has to respect that,” Klinsmann said.


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Jurgen Klinsmann understands Gregg Berhalter’s decision

The former World Cup winner presumed that Brooks will find a new club this season in a bid to make it to Qatar. He has been one of the best centre-backs in Bundesliga, and suitors won’t be short in supply. However, it’s still a long process and would take some time.

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Klinsmann said as much and added that he understood where Berhalter was coming from, and only Brooks’ form can change his future.


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To me, it’s a question of: Let’s see where John ends up. Let’s see what club he ends up at and let’s see how his form is throughout the fall. And then we can evaluate. You have your own ideas and you want to make it fit your own way. So I understand Gregg,” he added.

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.