Casa Grande, AZ (September 1, 2021) – La Liga side RCD Mallorca has acquired Barca Residency Academy alumnus Matthew Hoppe from FC Schalke 04 the clubs announced on Tuesday. Hoppe, 20, has signed a four-year contract with the American-owned Spanish club.
“Hoppe really is a player that checks all the boxes for the type of player we think will be successful in Mallorca,” said Stuart Holden, Mallorca minority owner and former Premier League and USMNT player. “We love his [Hoppe’s] competitiveness and ability to score and create goals. We think he’ll fit nicely into our squad.”
In January, Hoppe became the first American to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga, leading Schalke to a 4-0 win over Hoffenheim. Hoppe ended the season as Schalke’s top scorer. At the start of the summer, Gregg Berhalter called him up to the USMNT for the first time. By the end of the summer, Hoppe had scored a goal and set up another to help the USMNT win the 2021 Gold Cup.
Prior to joining Schalke in 2019, Hoppe spent the prior two seasons at Barca Residency Academy where he led the nation in scoring in the 2018-19 season. He was previously with Southern Californian’s Strikers FC.