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Atlanta United goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt out 8-10 weeks with knee injury

The U.S. Open Cup hero from last year was expected to see most of his time with ATL UTD 2.

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Just days ahead of Atlanta United 2’s opener against New York Red Bulls II on March 24, goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt has sustained a knee injury and will miss 8-10 weeks, according to the AJC’s Doug Roberson.

It appears that the injury was suffered last week or so, as Hildebrandt posted this to his Instagram account on Sunday:

It’s likely that Hildebrandt would have seen most of his time with ATL UTD 2 as the starting keeper while being considered a de facto “third” keeper for the first team. However, expect former Scottish and French league man Nicolas Caraux to get the call against NYRBII next week and for the time being, with 2018 SuperDraft pick Paul Christiansen in a backup role.

Hildebrandt signed with Atlanta on December 1 after two seasons with the USL’s FC Cincinnati. His profile rose significantly last year as he led his club to a dream run to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, where it fell to the Chicago Fire in penalties.