USMNT abroad: Matthew Hoppe continues to score goals

USMNT, Matthew Hoppe (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
USMNT, Matthew Hoppe (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images) /

The goals continue to come for Matthew Hoppe in the Bundesliga. A week after scoring a hat-trick, the United States Men’s National Team eligible player registered another goal for Schalke. This time he was able to score against Eintracht Frankfurt in a 3-1 loss for Schalke. Hoppe scored an equalizing goal in the 29th minute right after Frankfurt had scored just a minute earlier.

Hoppe’s fourth goal of the season for Schalke shows the 19-year-old striker is capable of reaching a double-digit goal total this season. He has done very well in his last two appearances for the German club which should lead to continued playing time for the first team. His goal against Frankfurt now ranks him as the top USMNT eligible player in the Bundesliga in terms of goals scored this season.

USMNT players face each other in multiple fixtures

There were two fixtures from this weekend that featured USMNT players facing each other in domestic league action. Christian Pulisic and Antonee Robinson were on opposite sides of the field when Chelsea visited Craven Cottage to play Fulham. Robinson started the match strongly but was red-carded before halftime which brought his appearance to an abrupt end. Pulisic finished with one shot, one tackle, two blocks, and three shot-creating actions during his appearance in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory.

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In the Bundesliga, John Brooks of Wolfsburg and Tyler Adams of RB Leipzig faced each other in a key fixture in the German top flight. The match ended in a 2-2 draw with both clubs taking a point away from the match. Brooks registered two tackles, two interceptions, and one block. Adams did not play in the match but should feature in the upcoming mid-week fixture against Union Berlin.

Goals and assists recap

Aside from Hoppe’s goal for Schalke, Brenden Aaronson also got on the scoresheet over the weekend. The former Philadelphia Union player recently arrived at Red Bull Salzburg and scored in a friendly match against Vorwaerts Steyr. Salzburg will resume the domestic season next Sunday against Altach as the winter break for the Austrian Bundesliga comes to a close.

Alfredo Morales registered an assist for Fortuna Düsseldorf in their 3-0 win over Erzgebirge in the German second division. It was the 30-year-old midfielder’s first assist of the campaign for Düsseldorf.

Other notable performances

Weston McKennie entered in the 57th minute of Juventus’ 2-0 loss to Inter Milan in Serie A action. The USMNT midfielder finished with one shot on target, two key passes, and one tackle.

Sergino Dest played the first 45 minutes of Barcelona’s 3-2 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup. Dest had one tackle and completed 87% of his passes in his first-half appearances. Elsewhere in Spain, Valencia’s Yunus Musah played 77 minutes in their 2-0 win in the Copa del Rey over Alcorcon.

Matt Miazga played all 90 minutes of Anderlecht’s 2-0 loss to Eupen in the Belgian top flight. The USMNT center back registered five clearances and one interception in the match. Fellow USMNT defender Reggie Cannon played 60 minutes for Boavista in a 3-1 loss to Tondela. He finished with one tackle and two clearances.

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Josh Sargent played the entire match for Werder Bremen in their 2-0 victory over Augsburg. Sargent registered two shots, two tackles, four blocks, and two shot-creating actions. USMNT forward Timothy Weah made a brief appearance for Lille as he entered in the 80th minute of a 2-1 victory against Reims. Nicholas Gioacchini entered in the 60th minute of a 1-0 loss for Caen against Ajaccio. He would finish with one shot and two tackles.