US striker Hoppe extends Schalke deal, Richards on loan
US striker Matthew Hoppe signed a contract extension with German club Schalke on Monday after scoring five goals in his first nine Bundesliga games.
The club have said the 19-year-old’s new deal is valid until the end of the 2022-23 season.
Hoppe was with Schalke’s reserves until November. He scored three goals in a 4-0 win over Hoffenheim on January 9 to end Schalke’s near-record 30-game league streak without a win.
“The last few weeks have been like a dream. I am extremely grateful to everyone at Schalke for giving me this chance, ”Hoppe said in a statement. “Now I want to play my part so that we are successful again.”
Schalke is in last place in the Bundesliga with eight points in 19 games.
Also on Monday, US defender Chris Richards joined Hoffenheim on loan from Bayern Munich for the remainder of the season.
Richards, 20, made his June debut in last season’s penultimate league game and has appeared in seven games this season: three in the Bundesliga, three in the Champions League and one in the German Cup. Richards has also made eight appearances this season for Bayern’s reserves in the Third Division.
He has known Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeneß since their stint with the Bayern reserve squad.
Richards played for the United States at the 2019 Under-20 World Cup and made his senior national team debut on November 16 in a friendly against Panama.
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