If there's one thing both John Brooks and Johnny Manziel know, it's that there's no quicker way to America's heart than by winning.
Brooks learned this lesson firsthand after popping in a game-winning goal against Ghana in the United States' opening World Cup match Monday night. Fans everywhere, myself included, nearly ripped our vocal cords celebrating a player whose name most of us didn't know.
Well, we know you now, Brooks—or should I say, "Johnny Futbol"?
Following Monday night's victory, newspapers around the nation searched for the right words with which to crown the U.S. men's national team's newest hero. It was the Philadelphia Inquirer, however, that struck pay dirt on Brooks' new nickname.
Headline winner, today's Inky pic.twitter.com/dzCkAgeJ4j— Mike Jensen (@jensenoffcampus) June 17, 2014
While Manziel Mania might have the babes, booze and ultimate staying power, Brooks will, at least for now, play the role of America’s new sports darling.
The 21-year-old German-born soccer player has a long way to go before he can sit back and appreciate his newfound fame, however.
First, the U.S. must face Portugal and powerhouse Germany—a tall task for USMNT, which could be stuck playing without Jozy Altidore after he injured his hamstring, per The Guardian's Gerard Meagher. That, however, is a worry for Sunday. All Brooks needs to do right now is focus on hydrating, staying relaxed and not drinking champagne with Drake.
It may work for Manziel, but this is a whole different kind of football.
On the Twitters.