U.S. Soccer

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica
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5 Things to Know About U.S. MNT Midfielder Lynden Gooch

During the past few months, Lynden Gooch has become one of the most intriguing prospects for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Here are five things to know about the rising MNT winger.

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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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. Club Brugge (Belgium) 1/0
GK 6-3 190 Downingtown, Pa. SC Freiburg (Germany)
D 6-1 200 Southend-on-Sea, England Sheffield United (England) 0/0
D 6-2 175 Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Orlando City SC
D 6-4 185 Clifton, N.J. Vitesse (Netherlands) 3/1
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
M 5-10 150 Plano, Texas FC Dallas 16/1
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. D.C. United 15/2
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:
Club Brugge (Belgium)

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:
6-1

Weight:
200

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Southend-on-Sea, England

Club:
Sheffield United (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:
Vitesse (Netherlands)

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:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

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:
D.C. United

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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