Sunderland's Lynden Gooch reacts on Twitter to Under-20 World Cup snub

The Black Cats prospect missed out on a place in the US squad for the upcoming tournament in New Zealand.

With US Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos revealing his squad for the upcoming World Cup on Thursday morning, Sunderland attacker Lynden Gooch stood out as one of the more notable omissions.

Gooch, 19, featured on a regular basis for the US Under-20s throughout the run-up to qualifying, with his ability to play both in midfield and up top proving decidedly useful to the side.

However, his role diminished somewhat in 2015 due to the plethora of attacking talent available to Ramos and now the California-native will not be going to New Zealand with his international teammates.

Nevertheless, the Sunderland prospect reacted in a more than professional manner to the disappointing news, taking to Twitter to wish the team well for the tournament, which runs from May 30 to June 20.

Gooch was not the only big-name absentee from the US roster, though, as Columbus Crew SC’s Romain Gall and Borussia Dortmund’s Junior Flores are also set to miss out on the trip, despite both being core parts of Ramos’ side during 2014.

As it stands, only 20 of the 21 available squad places have in fact been filled ahead of the official deadline on May 15, but that final spot is currently being saved for Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem.

The German-born prospect, who lived in the States from 2006 to 2013 before joining the Gunners, has been waiting for FIFA’s clearance to represent the US, but if a decision is not made in time then the Philadelphia Union’s Zach Pfeffer will instead step in.

The US will kick off the World Cup on May 30 against Myanmar, before rounding out the group stage with games against hosts New Zealand and Ukraine on June 2 and 5, respectively.

Having assembled one of their strongest squads in some time, with well-regarded prospects like Gooch left at home, they should fancy their chances of making a strong run through the knockout stages too.

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