In Monday night’s meeting with Ghana, the United States was forced to sub in defender John Brooks at the half after Matt Besler was pulled from the game because of tightness in his hamstring.
It was a less than ideal scenario for the United States, but now Brooks is cap-tied.
What exactly does it mean for a player to be cap-tied?
For Brooks, it means that he is now locked in with the United States team since he represented them in an official FIFA competition. Brooks has dual-citizenship in the United States and Germany, but now he is no longer eligible to represent Germany in international competition.
Previously, Brooks, who was born in Berlin, Germany, had played for the German national team. He had also competed in friendlies for the United States, but playing in a friendly does not cap-tie a player.
Now, however, since he has competed in the World Cup for the United States, Brooks can no longer play for the German side.
The United States is currently leading Ghana, 1-0, thanks to a goal from team captain Clint Dempsey just 34 seconds in to the game.