HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on Dec. 1, 2017.
Hildebrandt joins Atlanta for the 2018 season after a stellar career in America's lower leagues. He was named the 2016 USL Goalkeeper of the Year and was a crucial piece in FC Cincinnati's run to the semifinals of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup.
COLLEGE: He is a graduate of Oakland University where he played collegiately for the Golden Grizzlies.
OUTSIDE MLS: Hildebrandt joined FC Cincinnati prior to the club’s inaugural season in 2016 and guided it to back-to-back USL Cup Playoffs appearances. In 2016, he was named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year after compiling a 0.862 goals against average with 10 clean sheets. He helped lead the team to a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference. A Livonia, Michigan native, Hildebrandt began his professional career in 2012 with the Minnesota Stars of the North American Soccer League, now Minnesota United of MLS. In 2017, Hildebrandt led FC Cincinnati to the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Semifinals where the club ultimately lost to New York Red Bulls 3-2. In five matches, he produced three clean sheets in matches against Louisville City FC (June 1), Columbus Crew SC (June 15) and Miami FC (Aug. 3). Then in the Round of 16, Hildebrandt heroically saved three penalties in a shootout to lead FC Cincinnati to an upset win over Chicago Fire. In league play, Hildebrandt started all 32 games and helped lead the club to a sixth-place finish. He also led USL in saves.