John Brooks Dubbed ‘Johnny Futbol’ After World Cup Game-Winner (Photo)


John Brooks became an instant household name after his game-winning header pushed the U.S. men’s national team past Ghana on Monday, and he might have earned himself a new nickname in the process.

Newspapers gave the 21-year-old German-born defender the front-page treatment after he sealed the 2-1 win in Team USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup opener, with The Philadelphia Inquirer doing perhaps the best job of all.

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Being named John seems to be the easiest ways for young athletes to pick up catchy new nicknames these days (see: Manziel, Gaudreau). But hey, anything’s better that another “Ghana” pun.

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