John Anthony Brooks celebrates his goal for Hertha Berlin
Action Photos

American Exports: Rough night, early hook for John Anthony Brooks in Bundesliga

AMSTERDAM – Hertha Berlin backline prodigy John Anthony Brooks got the early shower on Friday, leaving before intermission of a see-saw 3-2 victory over Bundesliga guests Werder Bremen.

The youngster, who started despite picking up a knock during warm-ups, worked an eventful shift in only 38 minutes. The highlight came when his offensive surge-and-dish sparked the move from which the hosts grabbed their first lead of the night through Adrián Ramos shortly before the half-hour mark. However, Brooks was also culpable on both Bremen tallies, more so on Aaron Hunt's 32nd-minute equalizer.

It wasn’t entirely clear if Brooks got the early hook because of performance issues, or a recurrence of the leg injuries that have plagued him all autumn.

Eventually, Ronny struck early in the second half to finally decide a roller-coaster contest in favor of the home side. Hertha snapped a three-game win drought at home to tentatively grab sixth place.

Who do you want to see on the field vs Real Madrid? Voting ends Friday!

Don't miss your chance to help select the 2017 MLS All-Stars. Vote now for the MLS All-Star Game Fan XI presented by Target. Everyone that submits a ballot is entered to win a VIP trip to the 2017 MLS All-Star Game.