Brooks, April 2017
|Full name||Amber Jean Brooks|
|Date of birth||January 23, 1991|
|Place of birth||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Playing position||Defender / Midfielder|
| Adelaide United |
(on loan from Houston Dash)
|The Pennington School|
|2009–2012||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|2014–2015||→ Bayern Munich (loan)||8||(0)|
|2018–||→ Adelaide United (loan)||10||(0)|
|2008–2009||United States U-17|
|2010–2011||United States U-20||9||(1)|
|2012||United States U-23|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of August 18, 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 10, 2013
Amber Jean Brooks (born January 23, 1991) is an American soccer player. She currently plays for the Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League, and currently on loan to Australian club Adelaide United for the 2018–19 W-League season. She has previously played for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga, the Portland Thorns and Seattle Reign of the NWSL, and the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League. She has represented the United States as member of numerous youth national teams and has one cap with the senior national team.
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Brooks was born in Evansville, Indiana and attended Pennington School in New Jersey. She scored 62 goals and had 30 assists during her first three years for a total of 154 points. She did not play as a senior due to a knee injury and National Team commitments. Brooks was named first-team All-County and a Parade Magazine All-America as a junior after she helped the team finish the 2008 season undefeated at 18–0, winning its sixth straight Prep-A state championship and its third MCT Championship in five years. Pennington was ranked by the NSCAA and ESPN Rise as the number one team in the nation the same year. Brooks was awarded the 2008 NSCAA Girls' Scholar Athlete of the Year Award and was ranked by ESPN Rise as the number one recruit in the nation in 2009.
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Brooks was captain of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team her junior and senior year (2011–2012).She accrued several accolades during her four years with the Tar Heels, becoming a two-time NCAA National Champion and winning the College Cup in 2009 and in 2012. She scored 34 goals and added 19 assists during her college career.
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During the summer of 2011, Brooks played for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the W-League. She made five appearances, playing 391 minutes, and provided one assist.
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Brooks was drafted by Portland Thorns on January 18, 2013 during the 2013 National Women's Soccer League College Draft.Her debut came while visiting the Houston Dash in which she played the entirety of the 1–0 victory. She would go on to start another 19 matches for the club in addition to a solitary substitution appearance. Amber collected her first and only goal for the Thorns during the season while adding two assists, though her primary contributions were on the defensive end of the field where her ferocity led to a team-leading four yellow cards on the season. After the conclusion of the Thorns 2014 season, the team announced that she would be on loan to her previous side Bayern Munich and become the second Portland member to be headed to Germany after the 2014 season, following teammate Veronica Boquete to the Bundesliga. While Portland initially indicated that Brooks would be re-signed for the 2015 National Women's Soccer League season, she was instead traded to the Western New York Flash on November 6, 2014 in exchange for midfielder McCall Zerboni and defender Kathryn Williamson.
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Brooks signed with Adelaide United for the 2018–19 W-League season, alongside Houston Dash teammate Veronica Latsko.
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On November 10, 2013 Brooks made her debut for the U.S. WNT team against Brazil in a friendly; started in the match and played 81 minutes.
|Bayern Munich (loan)||2014–15||Bundesliga||8||0||2||1||10||1|
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