Former Premier League mainstay Sunderland is still toiling away in League One, but American forward Lynden Gooch enjoyed the competition on Saturday.
The Californian, 24, is a Black Cats lifer having joined the club at age 17 in 2012. He’s stuck with the club despite two relegations after his 11-appearance Premier League run in 2016-17.
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Gooch came off the bench with Sunderland up 1-0 and delivering the second goal of the game within four minutes of his entrance.
There was some comical defending on the play, though we’d like to say the American bewitched Oxford United with his 20th senior goal for Sunderland to go with 17 assists in 126 outings.
Sunderland drew Bristol Rovers in its league opener and sit fifth on the table.
Gooch has made four substitute appearances for the USMNT but none since 2018.
𝙎𝙞𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙣𝙟𝙤𝙮… 🍿
Watch the highlights from yesterday, as #SAFC came away from Oxford with all three points 📺 ⤵️
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) September 20, 2020