A Schalke on the wrong track: Matthew Hoppe was not in Gelsenkirchen either in preparation for the season or at the start of the league. The reason is the ongoing Gold Cup, in which he is allowed to participate with the national team of the USA. He was in the spotlight in the 1-0 win against Jamaica.
At Schalke 04, Matthew Hoppe has been somewhat forgotten in recent weeks. He was neither on site in Gelsenkirchen when the pre-season was running nor when the 2nd Bundesliga started on Friday. Since he has been with the US national team at the Gold Cup in the last few weeks, he has at least moved into the background with the miners.
That’s not exactly what you can say about his appearances in the USMNT jersey. He made his debut in the group stage about a week and a half ago and was able to set up a goal in the 6-1e win against Martinique. In the 1-0 win over Canada, he again only played 15 minutes. On the night of Monday it went to the important quarter-finals, where Jamaica waited as an opponent.
It was only very late that the USA was able to achieve the 1-0, which also meant the final score. Nobody less than Hoppe scored himself. In his second starting eleven game for his national team, he became the match winner and also the player of the game. The first international goal on an important occasion.
The young striker was delighted with this milestone. On Instagram he wrote: “Great performance from the boys today – I am very happy to have scored my first goal for my country.” He thanked Twitter for this “great night” and already turned the focus to the coming Thursday – then it will go to the semifinals against Qatar.
But this win against Jamaica shouldn’t go away too quickly as an important moment for the 20-year-old. After all, he scored his team with the debut goal in the semifinals and earned a lot of praise afterwards.
So also from his trainer, Gregg Berhalter (via WAZ): “He works a lot. When a guy tries so hard and pulls himself on and keeps going, we rely on him. Simply because he does a good job and is dangerous for goals. Seeing him then was great.”
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Even if Hoppe will only return to Schalke later, the second division will also benefit from these performances. The reason for this is very simple: the market value of the Sturm youngster is increasing.
Nobody is unsalable at S04, that is clear and has already been emphasized. In addition, some clubs are interested in him. So had 90min In the past few weeks, we have already been able to exclusively announce that there have been inquiries from both the Premier League and other leagues.
In view of the club’s financial situation and the prospect of rarely starting the team against Simon Terodde and Marius Bülter, a move this summer does not seem particularly unlikely. Hoppe and Schalke could benefit from his current performances in the jersey of the USA: he could develop in a better league at a bigger club, while Royal Blue would still take a million or two with them.