The US Under-20 international helped Gateshead to a 3-1 home win over Wrexham in their Conference clash.
Great 3-1 win tonight vs Wrexham! Buzzing to get my first goal and get Man of the Match tonight! Thanks for all the messages! #heedarmy— Lynden Gooch (@lyndengooch11) March 3, 2015
Sunderland loanee Lynden Gooch was more than justified to celebrate on Twitter on Tuesday night after grabbing his first senior goal and the man of the match award in Gateshead’s 3-1 Vanarama Conference win over Wrexham.
After earning his debut in the weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers, Gooch proved the difference-maker on his second appearance for the Heed, jinxing into the box just after the break before firing into top left-hand corner of the net to put his side 2-1 in front.
The American attacker then helped seal the result in the 66th-minute, pinging a neat ball across the face of goal which Wrexham defender Steve Tomassen sliced into his own net for the home side to go on to claim a comfortable three points.
Gooch, 19, first came to the attention of Sunderland at the age of just 10, when he travelled to the UK on a Centre of Excellence tour, with the club impressed enough to bring him back across the Atlantic each following summer to train in the North East.
The California-native, who also boasts British and Irish passports, would go on to join the Black Cats on a full-time basis in June 2012, amid rival interest from Everton and AC Milan, per American Soccer Now, and made 25 appearances for the Under-18 side last season.
Since establishing himself in the Under-21s, the US Under-20 international penned a new deal until 2017 in November, and is now bidding to further prove his potential during his month-long stint in the Conference.
While capable of filling a number of attacking roles, Gooch as even featured as a defensive midfielder for the US U20s in the past, although is pace and skill is considered best-suited to the flanks, where he has featured in his first two matches for Gateshead.
He ultimately has some lengths to emulate idol and compatriot Clint Dempsey in becoming the latest American forward to star in the English top-flight but, if he continues to shine on loan over the coming weeks, then it should help to convince those back at the Stadium of Light of his first-team potential.