Yorba Linda native Matthew Hoppe had a day to remember Saturday.
Hoppe, 19, a forward for Schalke 04 in the German Bundesliga, became the first American to score a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Hoffenheim.
Hoppe scored in the 42nd, 57th and 63rd minutes, helping Schalke snap a 30-game winless streak.
Hoppe made his first team debut with Schalke on Nov. 28 against Borussia Monchengladbach. He joined the German club from the Barcelona Residency Academy in Arizona in June 2019 after opting not to play at San Diego State.
“When I joined up with the first team, I felt very welcome,” Hoppe told the team’s website back in November. “Everyone helped to support and encourage me.
According to the Associated Press, another draw or defeat for Schalke, which hadn’t won since Schalke’s first win since Jan. 17, 2020, would have matched the league record of 31 winless games set more than 50 years ago.
In Schalke’s hour of need, 19-year-old Matthew Hoppe stepped up with the first ever Bundesliga hat-trick by an American player
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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News