A two-time captain at the University of North Carolina and extremely experienced midfielder at the youth international level for the United States, Brooks was drafted by Thorns FC as the team’s third round pick (24th overall) in the NWSL College Draft on Jan. 18, 2013. After a year with FC Bayern Munich in the women's Bundesliga, Brooks signed with Portland on January 2, 2014.
Recorded four goals in 10 league appearances for Bayern Munich during the 2012-13 Frauen Bundesliga campaign ... Notched five goals in nine league games during the 2013-14 campaign ... In total, scored 10 goals in 22 games across all competitions during her time with Bayern Munich.
An experienced member of the U-17, U-20 and U-23 Women’s National Teams for the United States, Brooks has appeared as a key starter in multiple major youth tournaments and received her first senior team cap on Nov. 10, 2013, starting in a 4-1 win over Brazil … 2012: Captained the U-23 Women’s National Team in 2012, appearing in six matches and scoring three goals … Helped lead the team to the championship of the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, on March 1 … 2011: Made six appearances with the U-23 WNT, scoring once … 2010: Was a key substitute for the U-20 Women’s National Team during the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Championship tournament, helping the team qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup … Started all four matches at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, setting up Sydney Leroux’s game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against Korea Republic … Scored the opening goal in a penalty kick loss against Nigeria in the quarterfinals … 2009: Made one appearance (1 start) for the U-20 Women’s National Team … 2008: Captained the U-17 Women’s National Team for two games at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand … Appeared in all but one match during the tournament as the United States finished in second place … 2007: Played for the U-16 National Team.
A two-time captain for the Tar Heels, Brooks left her mark on the program through her play as a midfielder … 2012: Started all 23 games for the National Champion Tar Heels, recording seven goals and six assists … 2011: Started 19 games for the Tar Heels, missing only the Clemson game when she was away training with the National Team … Tied for the team lead in assists with eight … 2010: One of UNC’s most durable performers, she started all 23 games and played 1,701 minutes … Was the sixth-leading scorer with 16 points and tied for fifth on the team with seven goals … 2009: Played in 27 matches as a freshman … started the last 10 games of the season at playmaking center midfield as the Tar Heels went 10-0 in those matches and won the NCAA Championship.
Full name is Amber Jean Brooks … Her mother, Jean Brooks, played on Ashland University’s men’s soccer team from 1976-79 … her father, Allan, played soccer at LeMoyne College (N.Y.) from 1975-79.