John Brooks produced a Man of the Match performance against Paraguay in the final game of the Copa America group stage. It was a game that solidified his place as starting center-back for the US. Brooks followed that game with another outstanding outing against Ecuador, propelling the US to a semi-final match-up with Argentina.
It’s all a far cry from last summer, when Brooks received criticism for his play in the 2015 Gold Cup, most notably against Jamaica. In just a year, how did Brooks go from a lightning rod for criticism to a player that inspired a hashtag? Continue reading “The Making of John Brooks”