D.C. United's Bill Hamid named MLS player of the week

D.C. United goalie Bill Hamid saved his club two points in the scoreless heated clash at the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Photo: Bill Hamid dives as a shot by New York Red Bulls midfielder Eric Alexander (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 18, 2013 — D.C. United goalie Bill Hamid saved his club two precious points in the scoreless heated clash at the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. In the dying minutes of the game, Brandon Barklage appeared to have broken the deadlock in favor of the home-team, but Hamid, with an amazing save, somehow managed to scoop the ball off his line.

For his efforts, Hamid was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week Three of the 2013 MLS season.

The Red Bulls enjoyed almost total domination in the match, outshooting United 24-5. The home-team, playing in front of over 22,000 fans, was unable to find the back of the net as Hamid made seven saves to maintain the shutout.

Thierry Henry had a club record 10 shots, and Fabian Espindola hit the crossbar twice for the Red Bulls.

Hamid, a former United youth academy player, was tested early to make a save on Henry’s shot in the seventh minute.  

In the 67th minute, Hamid made another superb block, coming off his line to smother Tim Cahill’s shot from inside the six-yard box.

The best save came when Hamid cleared Barklage’s shot off the line in stoppage time.
United is now 1-1-1 (4 points) on the season, while the Red Bulls are 0-1-2 (2 points) and still looking for their first win.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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