Jun 16, 2014; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL; United States defender John Brooks (6) is hugged by midfielder Julian Green (16) after his goal beat Ghana 2-1 during their 2014 World Cup game at Estadio das Dunas. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Game-winning goal a dream come true for USA's John Brooks


John Brooks had a dream two nights before the US Men’s National Team took the field against Ghana in their opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup that he would come off of the bench to score a game-winning goal against Ghana in the 80th minute.

I’ve read on the internet before that dreams can sometimes be a foreshadow of the future. Who knew that was actually true!

Brooks came off of the bench to begin the second half after Matt Besler was pulled from the game because of, presumably, a little tweak in his hamstring suffered during the first 45 minutes, and scored with a header on a Graham Zusi corner kick in the 86th minute to put the US up 2-1 with minute remaining, getting the American’s three very big points heading into their matchup with Portugal this Sunday.

Brooks became the newest American hero with his headed effort. Afterwards, some clever jokers changed his bio on Wikipedia to, “After scoring against Ghana in the 2014 World Cup, he is now among the ranks of John F. Kennedy, Chuck Norris, and Abe Lincoln as American heroes.”

“It’s unbelievable,” Brooks said after it was over. “It’s a great moment for me.”

A 21-year-old German-American that very few expected to be a part of the 23-man roster ticketed for Brazil, Brooks only made his way into the game due to an injury, and scored a goal that was only big because of a Ghana goal scored minutes earlier to tie the game.

Brooks struggled to adjust to the quickness of the game in his first couple of minutes, but after some time went by, be began to settle in and become just another player in the game of the US.

We don’t yet know the extent of Besler’s injury, or if it’s even anything serious at all. Although, if it’s something enough to keep Besler off the field this Sunday, it would likely be Brooks getting the start, and seeing a full 90 minutes.

So John Brooks claims he had a dream about everything that actually happened in the closing minutes of last night’s game, and it came true. Hey John, by any chance, did that dream include winning the World Cup?



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