Paul Christensen Signs Short-Term Agreement with Atlanta United
ATLANTA - Atlanta United announced today it has signed goalkeeper Paul Christensen to another Short-Term Agreement for the club's upcoming match against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports South). Christensen joined the team prior to its match against Chicago Fire on Saturday as an extreme hardship call-up and will do so again Wednesday as Mitch Hildebrandt and Alec Kann continue their respective recoveries.
Major League Soccer allows teams to sign players from their USL affiliate to Short-Term Agreements (up to four-day contracts) specifically for MLS League Season games in cases of Extreme Hardship. An MLS club may sign a player to a maximum of four short-term agreements each season (maximum of 16 days). This is the second short-term agreement for Christensen.
An Extreme Hardship call-up is applied when a team has less than two goalkeepers available or less than four available outfield substitutes. The Extreme Hardship condition does not apply for Short-Term Agreements for Concacaf Champions League, Canadian Championship, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and exhibition matches.
Christensen, 22, was selected by Atlanta United with the No. 70 pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. After signing with ATL UTD 2 in February, Christensen has made two starts in USL competitions, compiling a 1.50 goals against average and a 0-1-1 record. He made his professional debut against Charlotte Independence on March 31. In college, Christensen started all 72 games of his four-year career at University of Portland and recorded 20 clean sheets.
Name: Paul Christensen
Birthdate: April 15, 1996 (age: 22)
Birthplace: Woodinville, Washington
Current Club: Atlanta United 2
Transaction: Signed a Short-Term Agreement in a case of Extreme Hardship with Atlanta United on May 8, 2018.
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