KENYA BROWN - Monday, September 21, 2020
No Americans were involved in the Premier League games, but two divisions down, Lyden Gooch scored his first goal of the season to help Sunderland to the win over Oxford United.
Oxford United 0-2 Sunderland
Goals from Luke O'Nien and Lynden Gooch helped Sunderland finally get their League One campaign off the ground as they came away with the win over Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.
Gooch would come off the bench to play 12 minutes as his goal helped to ensure that the Black Cats took all three points on the day.
Both sides pushed for goals in the first half, but the final ball was letting them down as it remained scoreless.
However, the visitors would break the deadlock just a couple of minutes into the second half when a shot from Chris Maguire swerved and ricocheted off a teammate before O'Nien pounced and slammed the ball home to give Sunderland a lead that they would not surrender.
From that point on, Sunderland was in complete control of the game and should have scored more goals. However, it was the end product that failed them at each attempt.
Then Gooch stepped on the field and within four minutes he sealed the game for his team. Collecting a pass from near midfield, he displayed speed and skill that had the Oxford back line tripping over themselves as he tucked his shot into the back of the net.
Sunderland sits in fifth place in the standing with four points.
In the Premier League, after a horror show last weekend, Tim Ream was benched as Fulham fell to Leeds United in a narrow 4-3 defeat.
Zack Steffen was on the bench as Manchester City started their season with a 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In the Championship, Geoff Cameron and Queens Park Rangers were pipped by newly-promoted Coventry City in a 3-2 loss.
In League One, Marlon Fossey played 85 minutes for Shrewsbury Town in their 2-1 loss to Northampton Town.
Indiana Vassilev made his debut for Burton Albion as he came off the bench to play 28 minutes in their 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley.
Down in League Two, Charlie Kelman played 71 minutes as Southend United's woes continued with a 2-0 loss to Carlisle United.