The current Bundesliga season could turn into a record-breaking one for American players following the goalscoring exploits of Fabian Johnson and John Anthony Brooks on Saturday.
bundesliga.com rounds-up the latest stats of the U.S. nationals taking Germany’s top flight by storm.
- Johnson’s goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 3-1 win over FC Bayern München took his season tally to four.
- Brooks’ thundering header for Hertha Berlin proved to be the winner in a 2-1 triumph over Bayer 04 Leverkusen. It was his first goal this term and fourth overall in the Bundesliga.
Team-mate Julian Schieber on Hertha's official Twitter account: "Brooks! Brooks! Brooks! The American giant! Amazing!"
- Their strikes mean American players have already scored seven times in the Bundesliga in 2015/16, making it the second most prolific campaign ever for U.S. nationals.
Collectively they need just five more goals to beat the best-mark of 11 set in 1992/93, when Eric Wynalda struck nine times for 1. FC Saarbrücken – the best single-season haul for an American in Germany’s top flight.
The last time two American players scored on the same Bundesliga matchday was Matchday 6 this season, when Aron Johannsson hit the net for SV Werder Bremen against SV Darmstadt 98 and Johnson scored against Augsburg.
Johnson is currently in the form of his life and has scored five goals in his last six competitive games, including two in the UEFA Champions League and two against his former club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Against Bayern, the 27-year-old covered a total of 11.79 kilometres, made 27 sprints, won 57.14 per cent of his tackles and completed 73 per cent of his passes.
After missing most of September with a thigh injury, Brooks has fought his way back into the Hertha starting line-up and played the full 90 minutes in the club’s last four matches.
The 22-year-old’s aerial ability will be well known to followers of the U.S. Men’s National Team after he earned the USA a 2-1 win over Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Against Leverkusen, Brooks completed 82.14 per cent of his passes, won 57.14 per cent of all challenges and ran 10.09 kilometres over the 90 minutes.