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John Brooks: United States have bright future as they target Gold Cup defence

John Brooks has been ever-present for Wolfsburg this season.
John Brooks has been ever-present for Wolfsburg this season.

WOLFSBURG, Germany -- United States defender John Brooks has told ESPN FC that he is targeting a first Gold Cup trophy next summer.

Wolfsburg defender Brooks believes the U.S. team have a "bright future" with "good guys, young guys, hungry guys" coming through their ranks.

The 25-year-old is set to make only his second appearance for his country this year when they take on Colombia in a friendly in Florida on Oct. 11.

"I think we have a good group now," Brooks, who has played every minute of the season so far for Wolfsburg, said.

"In our last camp, we had a lot of fun. We have good guys, young guys, hungry guys."

The U.S. is set to host the CONCACAF Gold Cup from June 18 until July 7, and Brooks has set his sights on defending the title they won last year with a 2-1 victory over Jamaica.

"We want to win the Gold Cup again," Brooks, who was rested for last year's tournament, said. "I didn't win it [two years ago], and it would be nice for me to win the Gold Cup.

"Like I said, we have a lot of young guys. They showed against Brazil [in a friendly defeat last month] that they have a lot of potential.

"They have to show they deserve to be called up for every camp, and me also, and if we all do that then I think we have a bright future."

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