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U.S. U-20 forward Gooch extends contract with Sunderland

Lynden-gooch-(4) (Sunderland)


Lynden Gooch is yet to make a first team appearance for Sunderland, but he’s pledged his future to the club.

While Gooch is on his way to meet up with his U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team teammates in Marbella, Spain for an international friendly tournament, Sunderland announced that Gooch has extended his contract with the club through 2017.

Gooch has¬†made four appearances so far for Sunderland’s Under-21 side, which is one level below the first team, and he’s coming off a full season starring for the Sunderland U-18s. Gooch joined Sunderland full-time in 2012 as a 16-year-old, and signed professional terms a year later, qualifying for an British¬†work permit through his father, who hails from England.

The 18-year-old California native has played at almost every level in the U.S. youth national team program, starting with the U-15s before appearing with the U-18s and now U-20s.


What do you think of this news? Glad to see Gooch extend his contract? Do you see him breaking into the first team this season?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. For those who don’t know, Gooch is a technical forward who likes to dribble at players and is a good finisher.

    He is around 5’8 and exceptionally physical for his size, using his body very well to hold off defenders. For Sunderland he plays forward but has played several positions for the US youth teams, including #10, forward, winger, and defensive midfield.

    • Agreed, and I believe that his best position for the USYNT is the #10. He looks very dangerous running at defenders, and routinely beats players 1v1 in the middle of the field. I believe he, Rubio, Flores, Morris, and a few others are the potential attacking mids of the nats in the near future. Finally, we are starting to see some very talented and creative attacking midfielders come through the ranks.

  2. At a minimum having dozens of 15-20 year olds playing professionally even on under-21 teams still is great progress for the USA game. To win World Cups and make semi-finals you need that “golden generation” but having this many youth professionals in the game and continuing to see them get opportunities only with increase the overall quality and depth of the US senior team. As posters above have said, for sure this is all potential, but odds are in your favor that as more and more youth get opportunities, good things will happen.

    To me this is evolutionary part of the USA player pool and a continuing good sign. The next step is (hopefully in 5 -10 years) that us players at the U-20 Sunderland team who cares but that most only care when they sign with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, etc. and we are having higher numbers. Thats the next step


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