U.S. youth international Desevio Payne scores first pro goal in Groningen victory

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The defender helped his team to a victory with a goal in his first appearance of the season.

U.S. youth international Desevio Payne opened his Eredivisie account Saturday, firing in a low shot for Groningen's second goal in a 4-1 romp over Heracles.

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Payne's goal came in the 34th minute, putting his side up 2-0 early in the big win with a long-range shot after taking one touch to setting the pass he received from Juninho Bacuna.

The 21-year-old went the full 90 in the match, his first appearance of the season. Payne made his Eredivisie debut in the 2014-15 campaign and saw time in nine contests in the 2015-16 season but was sidelined by a heel injury in the opening portion of this campaign.

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In addition to contesting the 2015 U-20 World Cup with the U.S., Payne — also eligible for the Netherlands and Trinidad and Tobago — was a part of the Americans' failed effort to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, playing in the second leg of the playoff against Colombia.

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