SC resident Gooch signs pro soccer contract

Former Soquel High star Lynden Gooch, 16, has signed a professional soccer contract with Sunderland AFC of the English Premier League.
The midfielder/forward signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed amount on Friday, said his father Paul, who coaches Soquel’s girls soccer team.
A former member of the U.S.’ U16 national team, Gooch reports to Sunderland in July.
As a Knights freshman last season, Gooch led his team in scoring with 19 goals and 10 assists, helping Soquel reach the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs.
Gooch’s older brother Anthony, who also played at Soquel, completed his redshirt freshman season for San Diego State in the fall.

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2 Responses to SC resident Gooch signs pro soccer contract

  1. Peter says:

    Really that’s it…

  2. Peter says:

    Really Jim, are you kidding me, this is all you got. You do some really good work on local sports coverage and I respect you for that but this kid signed a contract with an English Premier League Club… The English Premier league. It is regarded as at least one of the best professional leagues in the world and a kid from our little town signs and this is all you got.nnAre you miffed because he u00a0is turning his back on Knights soccer? You spilled more ink on the Mount Madonna boys volleyball team being undefeated in league play and the back and forth play of Gavilan vs Cabrillo baseball. I’m sure all those are fascinating subjects of sports journalism, however, I think a kid from our town going to the premier league might be a more remarkable event. How about two kids from Northern California playing against each other in the premier youth leagues. Liverpool just signed the Pelosi kid from just over the hill.nnDon’t get me wrong the local kid going to practice at Colorado State after getting stabbed is really good stuff but this is most likely a once in a lifetime event and I think it might warrant an additional line or two.

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