USMNT abroad: Gioacchini and Hoppe impress in mid-week action

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The goals keep coming for Matthew Hoppe in the Bundesliga. Against FC Köln, the 19-year-old striker scored Schalke’s lone goal in a 2-1 defeat. This latest goal for Hoppe increases his season total to five goals in seven appearances. With all five goals coming in January for Hoppe, only Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski has scored as many goals this month in the Bundesliga. The USMNT eligible forward continues to impress as he emerges as a key prospect for the senior national team.

In France, Nicholas Gioacchini scored for Caen in the eighth round of the Coupe de France. The striker scored Caen’s second goal of the match as they defeated Guingamp 3-1 to advance to the next round of the domestic cup competition. They will face a difficult test in the next round as they will have to play against Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

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The USMNT midfielder was in the starting 11 for Juventus and finished the match with three key passes, one tackle, and one interception.

Unfortunately, McKennie did concede a penalty kick but the ensuing attempt was sent wide. Hopefully, this is the first of many trophies to come for McKennie during his time with Juventus.

Other notable USMNT performances

In Germany, John Brooks played all 90 minutes for Wolfsburg in a 2-0 win over Mainz. Brooks registered three blocks, one shot, and one tackle. Josh Sargent played 73 minutes for Werder Bremen in their narrow 1-0 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Sargent finished with two shots and two interceptions.

Tyler Adams made a second-half appearance for RB Leipzig in a 1-0 win over Union Berlin. He would record one key pass and one interception in the Leipzig victory. Lastly, Giovanni Reyna appeared as a second-half substitute for Borussia Dortmund in a 2-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen. Reyna finished with one interception and completed 63% of his passes.

Christian Pulisic started and played all 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to Leicester City in the Premier League. The USMNT star finished with three tackles, one shot, and two shot-creating actions. Although Pulisic was unable to register an assist, Luca de la Torre picked up an assist for Heracles Almelo against Feyenoord in the KNVB Cup. The midfielder assisted on his club’s late goal in the second half as they fell 3-2 to Feyenoord.

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Matt Miazga played all 90 minutes for Anderlecht in their 3-0 victory over Sporting Charleroi. Miazga recorded three shots, four clearances, and three interceptions. Elsewhere in Belgium, Chris Durkin and Sint Truiden faced Brendan Hines-Ike and Kortrijk. Sint Truiden won the match 2-0 as Durkin finished with seven clearances, seven interceptions, and two tackles. Hines-Ike registered one tackle, one key pass, and two shots.