Mitch Hildebrandt Wins USL Goalkeeper of the Year

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED

FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt has won the 2016 USL Goalkeeper of the Year Award. Hildebrandt was one of the first signings made by Cincinnati, moving from Minnesota United last year.

“Obviously, it’s a great honor when you’re given this reputation, but as a goalkeeper there are a lot of things to be greatful for and one thing is my backline,” said Hildebrandt about his win. “Those guys were solid and they made the game easy for me a lot of the time.”

Hildebrandt led the USL in minutes played for a goalkeeper, notched nine clean sheets and posted a goals-against average of 0.86. FC Cincinnati was tied for fourth in the league for fewest goals allowed. He also had the distinguished honor of finishing third on SportsCenter’s Top 10 list for a double save against Toronto FC II.

The USL will continue unveiling award winners tomorrow as they name Defender of the Year.

2016 USL AWARDS:

Goalkeeper of the Season: Mitch Hildebrandt (FC Cincinnati)
Defender of the Year: TBA on Nov. 1
Coach of the Year: TBA on Nov. 2
Rookie of the Year: TBA on Nov. 3
Most Valuable Player: TBA on Nov. 4