The American team with a Bundesliga spine has captured the imagination of the USMNT fans.
The American team with a Bundesliga spine has captured the imagination of the USMNT fans.

USMNT fans sing Bundesliga stars' praises

Strong performances from Bundesliga trio John Anthony Brooks, Bobby Wood and Fabian Johnson had fans talking as the United States reached the Copa America Centenario semi-finals with a 2-1 victory over Ecuador.

"Brooks is awesome," said Mike Van Sice when asked about his Brooks United States shirt. "I have a Brooks Hertha jersey and a Fabian Johnson Borussia Mönchengladbach jersey, but I wanted to represent the USA today."

Winning fans

Brooks' fan base in the USA seems to have grown exponentially over the last two weeks. The same goes for Bobby Wood, who has emerged as a legitimate scoring threat in this tournament. The new Hamburger SV man again proved vital on Thursday night, making a run deep into Ecuadorian territory before passing back to Jermaine Jones who then delivered to Clint Dempsey to make it 1-0. US fans are hoping his Copa America performances mean his 17-goal season for Bundesliga 2 side 1. FC Union Berlin can translate to Bundesliga success.

"I'm ready to watch every Hamburg game!" says Gabriel Cruz. Cruz travelled to the match from southern California with a group of friends. "I've been on Bobby Wood. I've been on Andrew Wooten (of SV Sandhausen). I've been on Christian Pulisic. I follow any US player over there."

With Wood facing suspension for the semi-finals due to an accumulation of yellow-cards, Borussia Dortmund prospect Pulisic may get a chance to leave his mark on this tournament.

Pulisic promise

"Pulisic has a real chance to be that guy for Borussia Dortmund, the way Chicharito is for Leverkusen," says Matthew Brown of southern California. "Dortmund is already a great team, and the Yellow Wall is cool, but Pulisic becoming a star there would be huge."

Those paying attention believe Pulisic has the chance to become one of the biggest names in US soccer, noting his club performances have already shown that he has the goods to become a star.

"To be a 17-year-old American kid and playing in the Bundesliga, not only in the Bundesliga, but at Borussia Dortmund and playing well," says Kevin Cray of New Jersey, who stood out among the sea of red, white, and blue in his bright yellow BVB jersey. "It shows he has a future."

Bundesliga appeal

A primary theme among US fans is the hope that Fox will expand their Bundesliga coverage to allow them to more-readily follow their USMNT heroes when they return to their clubs. Though it would be easier if the players were to return home to play in MLS, most believe the Bundesliga is a big component in the progression shown by the national side.

"I'd love for Wood to stay in America and play in MLS, but MLS is just not at the same level," says Austin Wood of Philadelphia. "He'll go back over there, get better, and then come back and make America great again!"

Randall Hauk