Hoffenheim’s winning run came to an end last weekend against Borussia Dortmund and now the focus for John Brooks and his teammates will be to rebound ahead of the October international break.
Brooks has remained a stalwart in Pellegrino Matarazzo’s backline this season, logging 90 minutes in four of his six Bundesliga starts. The veteran centerback will be pushing to not only lead Hoffenheim past Werder Bremen on Saturday, but also force his way back into the U.S. men’s national team picture later this fall. Brooks, 30, has helped Hoffenheim to four victories in six league matches to date, which has them sitting in sixth place so far.
Hoffenheim is unbeaten in its last five trips to Werder Bremen and will be favored to extend that streak this weekend.
In Italy, Tim Weah, Weston McKennie and Juventus host rivals Torino. Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah and AC Milan face Genoa.
Elsewhere in Germany, Brenden Aaronson and Gio Reyna go head-to-head in Bundesliga action.
In England, Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham host Sheffield United. Matt Turner and Nottingham Forest seek three points at Crystal Palace.
Elsewhere, Johnny Cardoso and Internacional host Gremio in Serie A play. Folarin Balogun and AS Monaco take on his former club Stade Reims. Dante Polvara and Aberdeen host St. Johnstone. Mark McKenzie and Genk visit Gent in Belgian Pro League action.
Here is a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:
Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham host Auston Trusty and Sheffield United on Saturday.
Chris Richards and Crystal Palace host Matt Turner and Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Zack Steffen and Manchester City visit Arsenal on Sunday.
Tyler Adams is OUT (Injury) for AFC Bournemouth.
Haji Wright and Coventry City host Norwich City on Saturday.
Duane Holmes and Preston North End visit Ipswich Town on Saturday.
Lynden Gooch and Stoke City visit Leicester City on Saturday.
Reggie Cannon and QPR host Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
Josh Sargent is OUT (Injury) for Norwich City.
Daryl Dike is OUT (Injury) for West Bromwich Albion.
Jonathan Tomkinson and Bradford City host Swindon Town on Saturday.
Brenden Aaronson and Union Berlin visit Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
John Brooks and Hoffenheim visit Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Joe Scally, Jordan Pefok and Borussia Moenchengladbach host Mainz on Friday.
Kevin Paredes and Wolfsburg visit Stuttgart on Saturday.
Paxten Aaronson, Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt host Heidenheim on Sunday.
Julian Green and Greuther Furth host Hansa Rostock on Saturday.
Johan Gomez and Eintracht Braunschweig host Paderborn on Sunday.
Terrence Boyd and Kaiserslautern host Hannover on Friday.
Nico Carrera and Holstein Kiel host Elversberg on Sunday.
Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo host Getafe on Sunday.
Jonathan Gomez and CD Mirandes visit Valladolid on Sunday.
Konrad De La Fuente is OUT (Injury) for Eibar.
Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah and AC Milan visit Genoa on Saturday.
Timothy Weah, Weston McKennie and Juventus host Torino on Saturday.
Tanner Tessmann, Gianluca Busio and Venezia host Parma on Saturday.
Andrija Novakovich and Lecco visit Cosenza on Saturday.
Folarin Balogun and AS Monaco visit Stade Reims on Saturday.
Emmanuel Sabbi and Le Havre visit Marseille on Sunday.
Ricardo Pepi, Malik Tillman, Sergino Dest and PSV visit Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday.
Zach Booth and FC Volendam host Taylor Booth and FC Utrecht on Friday.
Anthony Fontana and PEC Zwolle host Feyenoord on Sunday.
Djordje Mihailovic and AZ Alkmaar visit Ajax on Sunday.
Justin Che and ADO Den Haag host Top OSS on Friday.
Dante Polvara and Aberdeen host St. Johnstone on Sunday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers is OUT for Celtic (Injury).
Alex Mendez and Vizela visit Farense on Saturday.
Jonathan Amon and Lyngby visit Silkeborg on Friday.
Caden Clark and Vendsyssel FF visit Helsingor on Monday.
George Bello and LASK host Rheindorf Altach on Sunday.
Sebastian Soto is OUT (Injury) for Austria Klagenfurt.
Christian Cappis and Molde host Bodo/Glimt on Sunday.
Sam Rogers and Lillestrom visit Stabaek on Sunday.
Kobe Hernandez-Foster and HamKam visit Sandefjord on Sunday.
Mark McKenzie and Genk visit Gent on Sunday.
Bryan Reynolds, Griffin Yow and Westerlo host Kortrijk on Saturday.
Gabriel Slonina and Eupen visit Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp on Sunday.
Marlon Fossey and Standard Liege host Club Brugge on Saturday.
Erik Palmer-Brown and Panathinaikos host Atromitos on Sunday.
Rokas Pukstas is OUT (Injury) for Hajduk Split.
Joe Gyau and Degerfors visit Halmstads on Saturday.
Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros host Debrecen on Sunday.
Johnny Cardoso and Internacional host Gremio on Sunday.
Copa de la Liga Profesional
Alan Sonora, Joel Sonora and Huracan visit Rosario Central on Friday.
Alex Zendejas and Club America visit Mazatlan on Friday.
Sebastian Saucedo and FC Juarez visit Monterrey on Saturday.