Gooch on 'amazing month'

by Oscar Chamberlain

Youngster hopes to build on US experience.

Lynden Gooch is looking forward to the season ahead after an impressive month with the USA under-20 squad.

The forward played a key role in the USA’s National Training Center Invitational tournament win, helping the under-20s to victories over Chile and Bermuda, which preceded a championship sealing draw with Australia.

Gooch then returned to England where he featured in first-team wins over Carlisle United and Hartlepool United, and the forward is hoping that the good times continue to roll.

“I was extremely proud to represent the first team and my country in what was amazing month.

“I didn’t expect to get either opportunity but I was so thankful I did, it has been a great start to the season for me.”

Gooch provided a clever assist for Andrew Cartwright’s first goal in a 3-0 win over Hartlepool united, and he revealed that being in and around the first team has provided him with the motivation to make it happen again.

“Being around the first team staff and players was a fantastic experience.

“You learn a great deal by watching them and by the standard they set, as Academy players they are who we look up and we strive to be as good as them.

He continued: “Hopefully it is something I will experience again and will try to make that happen, it provided me with the motivation to keep working hard and kick on.”

The forward’s cameos against the Sky Bet League Two sides followed a number of excellent displays on the international stage with the USA U20s.

Gooch admitted it was a huge honour to represent his country – as well as the first team – and he is hoping his performances lead to a place in the USA’s under-20 World Cup squad.

“There is nothing like running out whilst wearing your country's badge on your chest.

“It was something I had never experienced before and, just like when I played for the first team, it is a something that I will never forget.

He added: “This season I will keep working hard and hopefully it will lead to more opportunities, not only at Sunderland but also at the under-20 World Cup next summer.”