When John Brooks became the first US substitute to score in a World Cup, he did more than put the USA in a favorable position in the Group of Death. Brooks’s header brought a nation to its knees, simultaneously exorcising the demons of two World Cup campaigns of Ghanaian-inflicted dejection and pain, and gave America a team—a new, exciting team—to be proud of. Brooks represents a new guard of United States soccer, ushered in by Jurgen Klinsmann. Born in Germany to an American serviceman, Brooks has two telling tattoos: a map of Berlin, his place of birth, on his left elbow, and Illinois, his father’s, on his right.

Director: Adam Levite
Production Company: Ghost Robot
Executive Producers: Mark De Pace & Zachary Mortensen
Executive Producers: Adam Levite & Francine Hermelin
Producers: Natasha Giliberti & Emily Pontecorvo
DP: Adam Newport-Berra
Production Designer: Chuck Renaud
Art Director: Cyrena Lee
Editor: Patrick Burns, Jr.
Post-Production Company: CVLT
Post-Producer: Chavvah Stuart
Colorist: Michael Dwass
Compositor/VFX: Tanguy Bodvit

Giorgio Chiellini: Andre Andreev
Luis Suarez: Laurent Manual

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