Klinsmann: Brooks has made a statement at Copa

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John Brooks has performed well for USA in the Centenario edition of the Copa America.

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann insists John Brooks will only get better after making a big statement at the Copa America Centenario.

Brooks was voted man of the match for his performance in USA's hard-fought 1-0 win over Paraguay, which saw the host qualify for the quarterfinals despite playing almost all of the second half with 10 men. 

The 23-year-old has been one of the best so far during the special-edition centenary tournament after establishing himself as a Hertha Berlin regular in the Bundesliga.

Klinsmann is optimistic over USA's future, with several younger players making their way into the national team set-up. "It is fun to see young players coming through," Klinsmann said on Wednesday ahead of the team's quarterfinal clash with Ecuador in Seattle.

"I think John Brooks, for a performance like that, all of Europe is watching. That was a big statement. We are very optimistic about his future. He is a young player, very eager to learn and a good listener. 

"Now he is becoming more consistent in everything he does. Players just learn at that age how to live a professional lifestyle. 

"It is a big learning curve. He will only get better."

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