Amber Brooks

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Amber Brooks
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Personal information
Full name Amber Jean Brooks
Date of birth (1991-01-23) January 23, 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Evansville, Indiana, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Seattle Reign FC
Number 22
Youth career
The Pennington School
2009-2012 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013-2015 Bayern Munich 21 (10)
2014 Portland Thorns FC 20 (1)
2015– Seattle Reign FC
National team
2008–2009 United States U-17
2010-2011 United States U-20
2012- United States U-23
2013– United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 6, 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2013

Amber Jean Brooks (born January 23, 1991) is an American soccer player. She currently plays for the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She has previously played for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga, the Portland Thorns of the NWSL, and the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League. She has represented the United States as member of numerous youth national teams and has one cap with the senior national team.

Early life[edit]

Brooks was born in Evansville, Indiana and attended Pennington School in New Jersey. She scored 62 goals and had 30 assists during her first three years for a total of 154 points. She did not play as a senior due to a knee injury and National Team commitments. Brooks was named first-team All-County and a Parade Magazine All-America as a junior after she helped the team finish the 2008 season undefeated at 18-0, winning its sixth straight Prep-A state championship and its third MCT Championship in five years. Pennington was ranked by the NSCAA and ESPN Rise as the number one team in the nation the same year. Brooks was awarded the 2008 NSCAA Girls' Scholar Athlete of the Year Award and was ranked by ESPN Rise as the number one recruit in the nation in 2009.[1]

University of North Carolina[edit]

Brooks (22) as a Tar Heel

Brooks was captain of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team her junior and senior year (2011-2012).[1][2] She accrued several accolades during her four years with the Tar Heels, becoming a two-time NCAA National Champion and winning the College Cup during both of her final two seasons. She scored 34 goals and added 19 assists during her college career.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 2011[edit]

During the summer of 2011, Brooks played for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the W-League. She made five appearances, playing 391 minutes, and provided one assist.[4]

FC Bayern Munich, 2013-2015[edit]

On January 11, 2013, Brooks signed with German club, Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga until June 30, 2014.[5][6][7][8][9] In her first Bundesliga game against SGS Essen, she scored two goals, including the game-winning goal in the 90th minute.[10]

Portland Thorns FC, 2013–2014[edit]

Brooks was drafted by Portland Thorns on January 18, 2013 during the 2013 National Women's Soccer League College Draft.[11][12][13] Her debut came while visiting the Houston Dash in which she played the entirety of the 1-0 victory. She would go on to start another 19 matches for the club in addition to a solitary substitution appearance. Amber collected her first and only goal for the Thorns during the season while adding two assists, though her primary contributions were on the defensive end of the field where her ferocity led to a team-leading four yellow cards on the season.[14] After the conclusion of the Thorns 2014 season, the team announced that she would be on loan to her previous side Bayern Munich and become the second Portland member to be headed to Germany after the 2014 season, following teammate Veronica Boquete to the Bundesliga. While Portland initially indicated that Brooks would be re-signed for the 2015 National Women's Soccer League season,[15] she was instead traded to the Western New York Flash on November 6, 2014 in exchange for midfielder McCall Zerboni and defender Kathryn Williamson.[3]

Seattle Reign FC, 2015–present[edit]

In March 2015, Brooks was traded to Seattle Reign FC along with the rights to Abby Wambach in exchange for Sydney Leroux and Amanda Frisbie.[16]

International[edit]

Brooks has competed on behalf of the United States in various national youth teams since 2007, including at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. As a member of the U-20 national team, she represented the United States at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany. She is currently captain of the U-23 national team.[17]

On November 10, 2013 Brooks made her debut for the full United States team against Brazil in a friendly; started in the match and played 81 minutes.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Amber Brooks player profile". University of North Carolina. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Back lines front and center for UNC, Penn State". ESPN. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "WNY Acquires Amber Brooks". Western New York Flash. 6 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC roster". USL Soccer. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "North Carolina star Amber Brooks signs with German club Bayern Munich". Top Drawer Soccer. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Players Abroad: Why Brooks Signed with Bayern Munich; Preseason Tournaments and More". Our Game Magazine. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "FC Bayern: Brooks verstärkt Frauen-Team". FIFA. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Pro Prospects: Dream comes true for Brooks". Top Drawer Soccer. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Potential top pick Brooks headed to Germany". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Brooks scores twice in Bayern debut". Soccer America. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Portland Thorns add 4 players in NWSL college draft". Oregon Live. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Portland Thorns Add Four Players Through Women's Soccer Draft". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "All White Kit Breakdowns of Portland Thorns FC Draftees". SB Nation. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.nwslsoccer.com/Stats/index_E.html
  15. ^ http://www.timbers.com/thornsfc/2014/08/thorns-fc-loan-midfielder-amber-brooks-german-club-fc-bayern-munich
  16. ^ Rubens, Daniel (March 30, 2015). "Seattle Reign acquire rights to USWNT striker Abby Wambach in trade for Sydney Leroux". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Amber Brooks player profile". US Soccer. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "U.S. WNT Defeats Brazil 4-1 in Orlando to Complete Undefeated 2013 Campaign". U.S.Soccer. 

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