U18 youngster Gooch heads to Italy.
Second-year scholar Lynden Gooch is currently attending a training camp with the United States' under-20 side in Verona, Italy.
The American forward, who also holds a British passport, started his stint with the national side on Monday.
He will return next Wednesday (November 20) and will therefore miss Sunderland’s Barclays U18 Premier League game against Liverpool at the Academy of Light this weekend.
Gooch has been in fine form this season and is currently the young Black Cats’ top scorer with five goals in 13 appearances.
He joined the club last season having starred in high school football in California.