Jun 16, 2014; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL; United States defender John Brooks (6) celebrates his goal against Ghana as forward Aron Johannsson (9) looks on during the second half of their 2014 World Cup game at Estadio das Dunas. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

USA soccer hero John Brooks has Germany, Illinois tattoos (Photo)


On Monday night, John Brooks came on as a late substitute for the USA soccer team and he provided the late brooks heroics that the team needed to get past Ghana and earn three points to begin their 2014 World Cup campaign.

Brooks scored off of a header in the 86th minute to put the USA up, 2-1, just four minutes after Ghana had evened the score.

Interestingly enough, tonight was also the night that Brooks was cap-tied.

To be cap-tied means that Brooks, who was born in Berlin, Germany and has dual citizenship, can no longer play for Germany and is locked in with the United States team now that he has made in an appearance in an official tournament.

Brooks had previously played friendlies for Germany and the USA, but friendly matches do not cap-tie a player.

To show off his support for both of the countries that Brooks is a citizen off, he has two tattoos on his elbow — one of Germany and one of Illinois, where his father, a serviceman from Chicago, was born.

You can check out the photos of Brooks’ tattoos below:

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