KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 15, 2016
It was a quiet opening day for most of the Americans in the EPL, but Lynden Gooch got the start for Sunderland in their loss to Manchester City.
Manchester City 2 - 1 Sunderland
The start of the Premier League season not only saw the debuts of Pep Guardiola and David Moyes, the US youth international, Gooch, made his debut for the Black Cats in a loss at the Etihad Stadium.
The midfielder made the starting XI and was very active throughout his 65 minutes on the field, which also saw him receive his first booking.
Sunderland had an early chance at goal when Gooch sent in a cross from the left that found the head of Duncan Watmore, but his effort went over the bar.
The visitors found themselves in a hole four minutes into the game when Patrick Van Aanholt brought Raheem Sterling down in the area, leaving the referee no choice but to award a penalty. Sergio Aguero would step up and tuck it away to give Citeh the early lead.
Gooch would make his presence known again in the 11th minute as he made another run down left side. He got his cross past Man City right back Bacary Sagna, but none of his teammates were there to direct it towards the goal.
Sunderland would have another chance four minutes before halftime from a corner kick, but Jermaine Defoe's volleyed attempt was well saved by Wilfredo Caballero.
It was a rather quiet second half until Defoe struck the equalizer for the Black Cats in the 71st minute. Fabio Borini would find Jack Rodwell running up the middle and his through ball found Defoe who had no problem putting it away.
The visitors had to be hoping they would share the spoils to ruin Guardiola's first game in charge, but Man City would find the game winner in the 86th minute. Paddy McNair, who was also making his debut for Sunderland, headed the ball into his own goal to give the home side the win.
It was rough start to the season for Sunderland, but on a positive note, Gooch showed some good things out there and could possibly earn another start.
Geoff Cameron watched from the bench, while Brad Guzan did not dress as Stoke City and Middlesbrough settled for a 1-1 tie.
Cameron Carter-Vickers watched from the bench as Tottenham settled for the 1-1 tie with Everton.
Gedion Zelalem did not dress as Arsenal lost a 4-3 thriller to Liverpool.
Emerson Hyndman was out injured as Bournemouth fell to Manchester United 3-1.
Danny Williams started, but Reading would fall 2-0 to Wolves.
Jonathan Spector started as Birmingham City earned a 2-1 win over Leeds United.
Tim Ream came on in the 90th minute in Fulham's 2-1 win over Preston North End.
Eric Lichaj did not dress at Nottingham Forest earned a 3-0 win over Brighton.
James Murphy did not dress as Sheffield Wednesday's game against Norwich City ended 0-0.
Gboly Ariyibi started and got an assist in Chesterfield's 3-1 win over Swindon Town.
Duane Holmes started and played 58 minutes as Scunthorpe United settled for a 2-2 tie with Fleetwood Town.