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Where It All Started

Born on Christmas Eve 1995 to an English father and Irish mother in Santa Cruz, Calif., Gooch has said he was kicking a soccer ball from the moment he could walk.

A long-time supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, his father also served as his club coach with a number of sides, including the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Santa Cruz Breakers.

“Without my dad, I wouldn’t be the player I am today,” Gooch said in a recent Facebook Live chat. “He brought me up to play with both feet and to be creative. I’m very thankful for what he’s done for me.”

As a 10-year-old, Gooch took a club trip to England where he scored a hat trick against Sunderland. That occurrence began a long-time connection with one of northeast England’s biggest clubs, with the Black Cats inviting the promising midfielder for training every spring and summer at the Stadium of Light.

Joining Sunderland

After impressing on his trips to England, Gooch signed with the club’s youth academy in 2012, progressing from their U-16 side all the way up to the U-21s. A loan spell with Conference side Gateshead in early 2015 opened the door for his first team debut with Sunderland, which came in a 6-3 League Cup win against Exeter City on Aug. 26, 2015.

Gooch gained more first team experience with a loan to League One outfit Doncaster Rovers in January before returning to Sunderland this spring. 

Under the guidance of David Moyes, who has also managed Americans Tim Howard, Brian McBride and Landon Donovan during their time in England, Gooch made his league debut for the club in this year’s season opener against Manchester City and earned Man of the Match honors in the club’s 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough on August 21.

Capable of playing as a winger, second forward and in central midfield, the 20-year-old has been a constant in the club’s matchday squad through their early Premier League campaign.

International Future

Owing to his mother’s Irish heritage, Gooch’s first international call-up actually came from the Republic of Ireland’s U-18 squad in 2013. Though he played in a friendly match against Switzerland, the California-born midfielder always had his heart set on representing the United States, and two years later he helped the U.S. U-20s qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, though he didn’t make the final roster.

U.S. MNT Comes Calling 

Despite missing out on the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Gooch’s play at Sunderland kept him on the radar of the U.S. Men’s National Team. His start to the 2016-17 English Premier League campaign earned him his senior team call-up for the MNT’s October friendlies in 2016 and would make his international debut when he entered for Kellyn Acosta in the 59th minute of a 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Oct. 11.

Recalled for the MNT’s November World Cup Qualifying matches, Gooch’s substitute appearance away to Costa Rica on Nov. 15 officially cap-tied him to the United States. 

Model Players

Growing up near San Jose, Calif., Gooch was able to watch budding American superstar Landon Donovan week-in and week-out during his time with the San Jose Earthquakes, and from afar always admired Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.

On a more personal level, the 20-year-old attacker also admitted he was a big fan of former U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu, whose nickname matches his own last name.

Learn more about Lynden Gooch by watching his recent Facebook Live chat: 

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Quote Sheet: U-20 MNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago - 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Quote Sheet
USA 1, TRI 0
Jan. 21, 2015

U-20 MNT head coach TAB RAMOS

On his assessment of the match:
"It was a very difficult match. We knew Trinidad had quite a few good players that we had to be careful with, and they played like it was their last game. We’re happy to get the three points. I know in general terms we played poorly compared to the way we’ve been playing. Having said that we took 19 shots which is very positive for us. Unfortunately we just couldn’t cash in. That’s kind of been the story for us in this tournament. We’ve taken a lot of shots – I think we’re leading the tournament in shots and yet we’re not getting the goals. We’ve got to do better for the next game if we’re going to go to the World Cup, that’s for sure.”

On the play of Bradford Jamieson and his goal:
"I think he made a good effort. I’m not disappointed with the effort of the team in general. Bradford made a good effort, and I think the whole team made a good effort. I just think in general we didn’t play well today. I thought it was a poor game on our side. Obviously some of it has to do with the fact that Trinidad played really hard and didn’t give us an opportunity to get forward too much. But like I said, we did create a lot of chances and Bradford was responsible for a lot of them. I’m happy with his work.”

On how the team adjusted to Trinidad attacking from the left side:
“Actually Trinidad is a stronger right-sided team than they are a left-sided team.  So we actually wanted them to play out of the left side, so that was part of the plan to have them come out of their left side. We just didn’t think they’d have as much success. They did have some success down that line, but we rathered that the game was played down that side.”

On how to prepare for the playoff game against a team still to be determined:
“We know that whoever we play against is going to obviously be a good opponent, an opponent that’s going to be looking to go to the World Cup. But I think after the game we played today, especially because I’m thinking that we played poorly, we have to play a lot better on Saturday. And I think this gives us a little bit more motivation going towards that game. We came to this tournament to try to be champions of CONCACAF. Unfortunately it didn’t happen for us; we started slow. But we want to end on a high note and see if we can take third place.”

U.S. U-20 MNT goalkeeper ZACK STEFFEN

On his thoughts on the game:
"I think we played well, battled hard. [Trinidad & Tobago] played well, they pressed us, they’re physical and fast, but I thought all and all we did well. We got the result which was the most important thing and it’s on to the next one.”

On being more involved in this game compared to previous ones:
“Yea, I had more crosses and touched the ball with my feet a little more. It’s nicer – to stay in the game and get more action. Mentally you’re more focused and can be off your line. You’re more awake and ready for other plays than when you don’t have as much action.”

On keeping a shutout in close games:
“It’s obviously what we aim to do, get shutouts. I know the goals are coming – we have a lot of confidence in our forwards and attacking players. They’ll come when we need them, really. But shutouts are our goal regardless.”

U.S. U-20 MNT forward PAUL ARRIOLA

On his thoughts on the game:
"It definitely wasn’t easy. I give a lot of credit to Trinidad – they were a good team and they definitely gave us a run for our money. But from the beginning we knew what we had to do. We knew that a tie would get us through, but we wouldn’t’ be through how wanted to be.  So we went out with a winning mentality that we had to win. In the second half we were able to put a little more pressure on them and got more chances to score, and we were able to get one.”

On his instructions coming in off the bench:
"The coaches made it clear from the beginning of the game to be ready, to be loose. The way the game kind of ended up being back-and-forth, not how we really wanted it to be. I went out to warm up at halftime. Anytime you’re a substitute you have to go out – no matter how many minutes you get – you have to make the most of it. Today I was able to make the most of it, and get down the line and get an assist which provided the game-winner.”

On how the goal came about and his assist:
“Junior (Flores) had the ball in our own half and he started dribbling. I noticed there were two defenders only, and so I knew I had to make that run since I was kind of fresh, and I knew that out of everyone on the team that I’d be able to get to that. We had a pretty good chemistry in that moment and he was able to leave it off to me. I knew I had wait for the defender to catch up to me a little bit so I could play it backwards. Junior went in front and took the first defender which left BJ (Jamieson) wide open in the middle to tap it to the other side. Anytime I get an assist, it’s like I scored the goal. It’s an amazing feeling, I was celebrating just as much as BJ was.”

On if there’s relief when a goal comes late:
“I think specifically in this game, where it was kind of back and forth, we knew that if we made one mistake and they were able to get a goal and win the game that we would be out completely. So I would say there was a big sigh of relief after the goal. We felt a lot more comfortable.”

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
2-0 W Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica 1,000 Spencer, Arriola
1-0 W Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica 750 Jamieson
2-0 W Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica 3,500 Gall (2)
8-0 W Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica 2,000 Gall (3), Spencer, Thompson, Hyndman, Jamieson IV, Moreno
0-1 L Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica 3,320 -
1-1 D Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica 2,500 Carter-Vickers

2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
GK 6-3 185 Highland Ranch, Colo. Molde FK (Norway) 1/0
GK 6-3 190 Downingtown, Pa. SC Freiburg (Germany)
D 6-0 190 Westcliff-on-Sea, England Tottenham Hotspur (England) 0/0
D 6-2 175 Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Orlando City SC
D 6-4 185 Clifton, N.J. Chelsea FC 2/0
D 5-11 155 Powder Springs, Ga. Huracan Valencia (Spain)
D 5-8 146 Carpinteria, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
D 5-11 165 West Haven, Conn. Orlando City SC
D 5-10 150 Plano, Texas FC Dallas 4/0
M 6-0 160 Chula Vista, California Club Tijuana (Mexico)
M 5-10 175 Lancaster, Pa. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany)
M 5-6 140 Manassas Park, Va. Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
M 5-9 140 Herndon, Va. Columbus Crew
M 5-8 160 Santa Cruz, Calif. Sunderland (England) 2/0
M 5-9 155 Dallas, Texas Fulham (England) 2/0
M 5-8 145 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico) 3/2
F 6-1 165 Los Angeles, Calif. LA Galaxy
F 5-6 145 Morganville, N.J. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
F 6-5 180 Albuquerque, N.M. Molde FK (Norway)
F 5-7 155 Loomis, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes

2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship

Ethan Horvath

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Highland Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Molde FK (Norway)

Zack Steffen

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Downingtown, Pa.

Club:
SC Freiburg (Germany)

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Westcliff-on-Sea, England

Club:
Tottenham Hotspur (England)

Conor Donovan

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fuquay-Varina, N.C.

Club:
Orlando City SC

Matt Miazga

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Clifton, N.J.

Club:
Chelsea FC

Shaquell Moore

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Ga.

Club:
Huracan Valencia (Spain)

John Requejo

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Weight:
146

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Carpinteria, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Tyler Turner

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
West Haven, Conn.

Club:
Orlando City SC

Kellyn Acosta

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Plano, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Fernando Arce

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Chula Vista, California

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Russell Canouse

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Lancaster, Pa.

Club:
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany)

Junior Flores

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-6

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Manassas Park, Va.

Club:
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

Romain Gall

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Herndon, Va.

Club:
Columbus Crew

Lynden Gooch

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Santa Cruz, Calif.

Club:
Sunderland (England)

Emerson Hyndman

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

Club:
Fulham (England)

Paul Arriola

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Chula Vista, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Bradford Jamieson IV

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Amando Moreno

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Morganville, N.J.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Ben Spencer

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-5

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Albuquerque, N.M.

Club:
Molde FK (Norway)

Tommy Thompson

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Loomis, Calif.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
PAN 5 5 0 0 9 0 9 15
USA 5 3 1 1 12 2 10 10
GUA 5 3 1 1 6 2 4 10
TRI 5 1 3 1 7 1 0 4
JAM 5 0 3 2 2 7 -5 2
ARU 5 0 4 1 1 19 -18 1

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
MEX 5 4 0 1 18 3 15 13
HON 5 3 1 1 11 9 2 10
SLV 5 2 1 2 9 8 1 8
CUB 5 1 3 1 5 17 -12 4
CAN 5 1 4 0 8 11 -3 3
HAI 5 0 2 3 7 10 -3 3

Group A Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
Jan. 9 ARUvPAN 0-4 Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Jan. 9
USAvGUA 1-1
Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Jan. 9
JAMvTRI 2-2 Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Jan. 11
TRIvARU 5-1 Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Jan. 11
PANvUSA 1-0 Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Jan. 11
JAMvGUA 0-1 Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Jan. 14 GUAvTRI 2-0 Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Jan. 14
ARUvUSA 0-8 Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Jan. 14
JAMvPAN 0-2
Independence Park; Kingston, Jamaica
Jan. 18
PANvTRI 1-0 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 18
GUAvARU 2-0 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 18
JAMvUSA 0-2 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 21 PANvGUA 1-0 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 21
USAvTRI 1-0
Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 21
JAMvARU 0-0 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica

Group B Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
Jan. 10
MEXvCUB 9-0 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 10
HONvSLV 2-2 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 10
HAIvCAN 1-3 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 12 CANvMEX 0-2
Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 12
CUBvHON 0-3 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 12
SLVvHAI 1-1 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 15 SLVvCAN 3-2
Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 15
MEXvHON 3-0
Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 15
HAIvCUB 2-2 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 19 CUBvCAN 2-1 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 19
SLVvMEX 1-3 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 19
HAIvHON 2-3 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 22
CUBvSLV 0-2 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 22
HONvCAN 3-2 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 22
HAIvMEX 1-1 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica

Playoffs

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
Jan. 24 Guatemala vs. Honduras 
1-2 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jan. 24 United States vs. El Salvador
2-0 Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica

Final

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
Jan. 24 Panama vs. Mexico 1-1 (Mexico wins 4-2 on PKs) Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica

Participating Teams: 12               
Caribbean Football Union: 5 Teams
North America: 3 Teams
Central American Football Union: 4 Teams
 
Number of teams qualifying to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup: 4 
Format: The twelve (12) teams shall be divided into a group stage consisting of two (2) groups (A and B) of six (6) teams each. The group winners qualify automatically for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The second- and third-place teams from both groups are re-seeded by group stage results, with the top team of the four facing the fourth-best team, and the second-best finisher facing the third-best. The winner of each of those two matches also advances to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

U.S. U-20 Men's National Team - 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Stats

Record: 4-1-1 

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Kellyn Acosta

M 2 2 180 0 0 0 1/0

Fernando Arce

M 1 0 45 0 0 0 0/0

Paul Arriola

F 6 2 281 1 1 3 0/0

Russell Canouse

M 5 4 365 0 0 0 1/0

Cameron Carter-Vickers

D 6 6 540 1 0 2 1/0

Conor Donovan

D 2 1 97 0 0 0 0/0

Junior Flores

M 5 2 153 0 0 0 0/0

Romain Gall

M 5 5 381 5 0 10 1/0

Lynden Gooch

M 4 1 161 0 0 0 1/0

Ethan Horvath

GK 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0

Emerson Hyndman

M 6 5 445 1 3 5 0/0

Bradford Jamieson IV

F 6 5 466 2 1 5 0/0

Matt Miazga

D 5 5 450 0 0 0 0/0

Shaquell Moore

D 5 5 450 0 0 0 0/0

Amando Moreno

F 2 0 46 1 0 2 0/0

John Requejo

D 6 6 540 0 0 0 0/0

Ben Spencer

F 5 4 245 2 1 5 0/0

Zack Steffen

GK 5 5 450 0 0 0 0/0

Tommy Thompson

F 6 6 465 1 0 2 2/0

Tyler Turner

D 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0

Own Goal



Totals

6

6 540 14 6 34 8/0

Opponent Totals

6

6 540 2 1 5 12/3

2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Ethan Horvath

1 1 90 8 0 1 0.00 1-0-0

Zack Steffen

5 5 450 6 2 3 0.40 3-1-1

Totals

6

6 540 14 2 4 0.33 4-1-1

Opponent Totals

6

6 540 2 14 1 2.33 1-4-1

Updated through Jan. 24, 2015

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