Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Thorns FC adds Brooks from Bayern Munich
January 2nd, 2014 4:35PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, germany, nwsl, women's national team


[NWSL 2014 COUNTDOWN] Defending NWSL champion Portland Thorns FC just got stronger with the signing of 22-year-old midfielder Amber Brooks, who debuted for the U.S. national team in November. Thorns FC had selected her in the third round of the inaugural NWSL college draft out of North Carolina, but she sat out the Thorns' championship season to play for Bayern Munich in Germany’s Frauen-Bundesliga.

Brooks had been drafted by Cindy Parlow Cone, who had been an assistant coach at North Carolina, where Brooks captained the Tar Heels to the 2012 national championship. Parlow Cone recently resigned and was replaced as head coach by Paul Riley.

“I’m very excited to be a member of the Portland Thorns and for the opportunity to work with Paul Riley,” said Brooks in a statement. “I’m looking forward to joining a roster full of top-class teammates and playing in front of such passionate fans in Portland. I think playing for Portland will also help me continue to develop my game and achieve future goals. I enjoyed my experience in Germany, but I look forward to playing in the United States and helping the league continue to grow in its second year.”

Brooks was one of five Americans at Bayern, and her strong season -- she scored 10 goals in 22 games for Bayern Munich since March 2013 -- earned her a callup to the national team in the fall. Bayern manager Karin Danner told the German web site that she could not understand why U.S. Soccer wanted national team players to play in the NWSL, prompting Brooks to tweet that she had exercised her option to leave and had not broken her contract or asked to be released.
-- Thorns FC also announced that the club has waived goalkeeper Adelaide Gay and midfielder Elizabeth Guess, also former Carolina players.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Brazilian mascot loses his head     
O Vovo ("Grandpa"), the mascot of Brazilian second division club Ceara, apparently doesn't get that his ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"Jurgen said many times he wants our players to feel pressure. ... Well, the same holds ...
What They're Saying: Roy Keane     
"Yes, why wouldn't he be? He didn’t have the baby. Unless he's breastfeeding he should be ...
MLS Power Rankings: Red Bulls stay on top    
Three weeks to go in the MLS season and only four teams have clinched playoff spots. ...
What They're Saying: Chung Mong Joon    
"The true danger is that they are not only sabotaging my candidacy. They are sabotaging FIFA's ...
Thorns confirm Parsons as coach for 2016 NWSL season    
The Portland Timbers have hired 29-year-old Mark Parsons as their new head coach less than a ...
What They're Saying: Jozy Altidore    
"Just personal issues, and when things aren't right there, it makes it tough to go to ...
NASL: Ottawa accomplishes Mission 1    
Ottawa Fury FC clinched its first-ever NASL postseason berth with a 2-0 win over FC Edmonton ...
TV Report: MLS expands into Latin America    
MLS has reached an agreement with Fox Sports Latin America to televise live league matches in ...
U.S. national team succession will begin sooner than you might think    
As Jurgen Klinsmann stated in his pre-Concacaf Cup camp interview with U.S. Soccer, Saturday's USA-Mexico game ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives