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Kiwi gun fulfils dream with maiden goal

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/10/2016 Angelo Risso

New Zealand forward Monty Patterson celebrates after scoring a goal against the United States. © Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports New Zealand forward Monty Patterson celebrates after scoring a goal against the United States. All Whites hotshot Monty Patterson says his maiden international goal in the side's 1-1 draw with USA was the stuff of dreams.

Patterson, 19, plays as a junior at English club Ipswich Town and made just his seventh appearance in the white jumper against the Americans.

He looked threatening throughout, almost scoring in the 60th minute when clear on goal and slotting home calmly after a Michael Boxall knock-down in the 72nd minute.

The Aucklander also had a late backheel cleared off the line.

"It was really good, something I've always dreamed of, to score for my country," Patterson said after the match.

"I just look forward to every game, especially for the All Whites, because I love representing my country and doing what I love."

Patterson's goal cancelled out an earlier Julian Green daisy-cutter for USA, who struggled to assert themselves at the beginning and end of the match.

The All Whites, meanwhile, successfully replicated the high-pressing system seen against Mexico three days earlier.

Coach Anthony Hudson said his side deserved more from the encounter for their superiority, and Patterson agreed.

"Our aim was to come and get something against USA and playing them in their home country, it was never going to be easy," Patterson said.

"But I think we did really well.

"We've been working really hard as a team and we've got good team spirit."

Teammate and fellow 19-year-old Henry Cameron entered the fray in the second half for his first international appearance since tearing his ACL on debut.

He said his return to the Kiwi fold was a long time coming.

The side's intense playing style suited Cameron down to the ground after missing the side's languid Oceania Nations Cup win through injury.

"I've been away twice now and it's a great experience, playing with some top quality players," the Blackpool midfielder said.

"I think just being on the international stage, it's a big confidence boost."

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