He's FC Cincinnati's last line of defense

Posted at 10:54 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 00:38:49-04

CINCINNATI -- When you're a goalkeeper, you have to have nerves of steel and a short memory.

And being acrobatic doesn't hurt, either.

FC Cincinnati keeper Mitch Hildebrandt happens to have all three.

Hildebrandt earned special mention this week when FC Cincinnati's league, the United Soccer League, handed out its weekly awards.

He was no small reason why FC Cincinnati brought home a result from Toronto last Sunday. Hildebrandt made two of the most brilliant saves the USL has witnessed this season.

The 6-foot-1 keeper from Livonia, Michigan came to Cincinnati after four years of professional soccer in Minneapolis. There, he saw the elevation of that team from the USL to Major League Soccer.

Hildebrandt told 9 On You Side's Ken Broo he thinks FC Cincinnati is ahead of the curve that Minneapolis set in its transition to MLS.

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FC Cincinnati, now 3-2 in its first-ever season, plays its nest match at home Saturday against the Wilmington Hammerheads. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Nippert Stadium