updated 06/17/2014 AT 4:10 PM ET
•originally published 06/17/2014 AT 3:30 PM ET
When it comes to game-winning strategies, 21-year-old defender John Brooks knows how to get his head in the game.
His tie-breaking header during Team USA’s opening match of the World Cup against longtime rivals Ghana nearly doubled the U.S.’s chances of advancing out of their group – and instantly made the 6’4” substitute-turned-superstar one of the most famous members of the United States Men’s National Team.
For Brooks, the goal was a literal dream come true.