Schalke 04 set to land Development Academy top scorer

Barca Residency Academy's Matthew Hoppe, the top scorer in 2018-19 Development Academy's U-18/19 age group with 29 goals in 20 games, is set to Schalke 04, according media reports out of Germany.

Last season, he had 24 goals in 30 goals in his first season as a forward and helped the Barca Residency Academy finish third in the DA U-16/17 playoffs. One of his teammates was U.S. U-20 defender  Julian Araujo, who signed with the LA Galaxy and has already started three MLS games.

Hoppe, who previously played at the Irvine Strikers, will play for Schalke 04's U-19s. He joins Americans Weston McKennie, Haji Wright and Nick Taitague at Schalke 04. Zyen Jonessigned with Schalke 04 last summer but has since left and is playing for the Charlotte Independence.

The Barca Residency Academy was launched by Barcelona in 2017 and is based in Casa Grande, Arizona, at the former home of Real Salt Lake's residential program.

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