American Exports: Brooks, Hertha in promotion penthouse

Hertha Berlin's John Anthony Brooks

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Courtesy of Hertha Berlin

AMSTERDAM – John Anthony Brooks worked a tidy 62 minutes with US assistant coach Andreas Herzog present on Monday, helping Hertha Berlin grab the 2.Bundesliga penthouse with a 1-0 victory over visiting FC Kaiserslautern.

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The defender (above) was removed for a forward with the game still scoreless, a switch that paid off six minutes later with Peer Kluge's winning goal. Fellow American Alfredo Morales watched from the home dugout as Hertha remained unbeaten since round two in taking a one-point league lead.

Meanwhile, in England, Clint Dempsey was scratched with a calf injury and Brad Friedel served as backup netminder as Tottenham Hotspur rallied for a 3-2 derby win at West Ham United. Thanks to a late Gareth Bale wonder-strike, Spurs climbed to third place in the EPL table.