Amber Brooks

Number: 22
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-6
Born: Jan. 23, 1991, in Evansville, Ind. 
Hometown: New Hope, Pa.
College: University of North Carolina
Last Club: FC Bayern Munich (Germany)



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 Germany’s Frauen Bundesliga, Brooks signed with Portland for the 2014 NWSL season on January 2, 2014.

2014: Appeared in 20 matches (19 starts) during the regular season ... Recorded one goal and two assists ... Tallied her first points for the club with two assists in a 2-0 win against Washington on June 15, becoming the fourth player in club history to register multiple assists in a match ... Scored her first goal for Thorns FC in a 7-1 win against FC Kansas City on July 13 ... Played all 90 minutes in her Thorns FC debut on April 12, helping the team to a 1-0 road in at Houston.

2013: 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.

INTERNATIONAL: 2013: Earned her first international cap with the U.S. Women’s National Team, starting and logging 81 minutes in a 4-1 win over Brazil on Nov. 10, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. ... 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.

COLLEGE: 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.

PERSONAL: 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.