John Anthony Brooks has found success with Herth BSC. Photo: Getty Images
In 2010, at the age of 19, Agbossoumonde was named the U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year and made his debut for the national side on his birthday in November of that yearr.
Since then, his career has wandered off track a little, with various loan spells in Sweden, Germany and Carolina after starting his career at Miami and then being loaned to Portuguese side Sporting Braga.
He is still only 21, and has the talent to prove himself at national level. At Carolina he seemed to have found some stability, appearing in 17 games and scoring his first senior goal, but has since signed for Toronto FC after being placed into a weighted lottery.
Agbossoumonde had previously turned down an MLS deal, so was prohibited from going through the allocation oder that is typical for returrning American players. Toronto's back four is in real need of improvement, so maybe this can be Agbossoumonde's route back to the national team.
John Anthony Brooks
Brooks holds German and American citizenship and has played for the American and German Under-20 teams.
Born and raised in Berlin, Brooks plays for Hertha BSC. Although he has stated that he wants to play for the U.S., Brooks was invited to the German U-20 camp, which he attended, although he then described it to AmericaSoccerNow.com as “okay, but America was a lot better.”
It seems like Brooks has been highly regarded for years, even though he is still only 19. With the dropoff in American defenders after Carlos Bocanegra and Geoff Cameron, Brooks is well-placed to fulfill his dream and play for the American side.
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