American forward Matthew Hoppe is bright light for Schalke

BERLIN (AP) — Matthew Hoppe looks like he’s just getting started. The 19-year-old American forward scored a hat trick in his third start for Schalke and followed up by scoring in each of his next two games.   He is already Schalke’s leading scorer this season with five goals and is arguably the team’s greatest hope of avoiding relegation after its woeful season so far. Schalke is in last place in the Bundesliga with only one win from 20 matches. Schalke needs a win at Union Berlin on Saturday to rekindle any hope of survival. Hoppe says his “biggest goal is to try and help Schalke stay in the Bundesliga.”