Lynden Gooch ended a two-month goalscoring drought on Sunday, bagging his fifth goal of the season for Sunderland.
The American winger started and played 80 minutes, while scoring off a superb strike in the Black Cats’ 2-1 road win over Doncaster Rovers. It was Gooch’s first goal since Oct. 22nd, after dealing with injury through the month of November. Not only did Gooch end a lengthy scoring drought, Sunderland ended a nine-match winless streak with the victory. Sunderland are 13th in the EFL League One table with 31 points through 21 matches. Up next for Gooch and Sunderland is a trip to Fleetwood Town on New Years Day.
If Gooch could get back to form consistently then he could a big plus from now till end of season. What a strike 👏🏻 #safc https://t.co/hMZaIbSr61
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) December 29, 2019
Elsewhere, DeAndre Yedlin started and played 90 minutes in Newcastle United’s home loss, Christian Pulisic missed Chelsea’s road win due to a groin injury, and Eric Lichaj and Hull City picked up three points. Tim Ream continued to start for Fulham, Niko Hamalainen and Kilmarnock’s struggles continued, and Andrija Novakovich earned minutes off the bench.
Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:
DeAndre Yedlin started and played 90 minutes in Newcastle United’s 2-1 loss to Everton on Saturday.
Christian Pulisic did not dress (Injury) in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 win over Stoke City on Sunday.
Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Hull City’s 2-1 win over QPR on Sunday.
Antonee Robinson started and played 90 minutes in Wigan Athletic’s 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
Duane Holmes started and played 90 minutes in Derby County’s 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic on Monday.
Matt Miazga dressed but did not play in Reading’s 2-0 win over Preston North End on Sunday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers did not dress for Stoke City.
Luca De La Torre did not dress for Fulham.
Geoff Cameron did not dress for QPR.
Lynden Gooch started, scored ONE goal, and played 80 minutes in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers on Sunday.
Matthew Olosunde started and played 90 minutes in Rotherham United’s 4-0 win over Peterborough on Sunday.
Giles Phillips started and played 90 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers’ 4-1 loss to Coventry City on Sunday.
Niko Hamalainen started and played 90 minutes in Kilmarnock’s 1-0 loss to St. Mirren on Sunday.
Matt Polster did not dress in Rangers’ 2-1 loss to Celtic on Sunday.
Kevin Silva did not dress in Hearts’ 1-1 draw with Aberdeen on Sunday.
Ian Harkes started and played 90 minutes in Dundee United’s 1-1 draw with Dundee FC on Friday.
James Murphy came off the bench and played seven minutes in Arbroath’s 1-0 win over Inverness CT on Saturday.
Tyler Boyd came off the bench and played seven minutes in Besiktas’ 4-1 win over Genclerbirligi on Friday.
Kenny Saief did not dress in Anderlecht’s 0-0 draw with Royal Antwerp on Friday.
Andrija Novakovich came off the bench and played 23 minutes in Frosinone’s 0-0 draw with Pisa on Sunday.
Absolute bargain for haaland. But yeesh, was really hoping for more pulisic this holiday period. Big let down, hopefully pulisic’s tissue issues peter out as he gets older. Can’t be having this, literally
Jesse Marsch losing his top striker Haland to Dortmund. Different positions but could have implications for Reyna’s inclusion with the first team as well.
Time for Gooch to leave Sunderland, you admire his loyalty to his club but Sunderland is not going up this year.