"They expected more from him the last season. There he got a little bit of a lesson from his coach," Klinsmann said. "It's part of growing, as well. But we knew that if we had the time now for more than a month to work him through every training session, to teach him some elements of the game, that he's willing to take that on and learn it quickly. And obviously he learned it quickly."
As the American Outlaws chanted their way out of the stadium, Brooks missed the chance to meet Vice President Joe Biden when he visited the locker room. Brooks and Jermaine Jones had been chosen for random drug tests.
Brooks, who lives in Berlin and has family in Chicago, has only visited the U.S. for training camps and vacation. But speaking one day in California last month, he said, "When I'm here, I'm a full American. I play with heart for America."
He had nerves initially Monday, yet is thrilled with how things ended.
"I think the first goal was perfect, a perfect start. Couldn't be better," Brooks said.
Nearly two hours after the final whistle, Brooks was among the last U.S. players to leave the locker room. Someone asked whether he thinks he will start against Portugal on Sunday.
"I don't expect anything," he said. "I just give my best in every training session, and we'll see."
NOTES: The team returned to its base camp of Sao Paulo and U.S. F Jozy Altidore was scheduled to have his injured left hamstring examined Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Soccer Federation spokesman Neil Buethe said. Altidore was hurt in the first half and replaced by Aron Johannsson.