WASHINGTON, November 12, 2013 — D.C. United’s homegrown goalie Bill Hamid has been named to coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. national team roster for friendlies against Scotland in Glasgow on November 15 and Austria in Vienna on November 19. Hamid, who earned his club’s defender of the year award this season, will be part of three goalies on the roster, with Tim Howard of Everton and Sean Johnson of the Chicago Fire. The U.S. team are using the games as it prepares for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 where the team could be drawn into a group with two European teams.
While United struggled with it worst season ever in 2013, Hamid was one of the team’s bright spots pulling off numerous big saves.
“Bill has gotten better as a leader and with his feet,” said United midfielder Jared Jeffrey, who played with Hamid on a number of U.S. youth teams.
Hamid has been called into the U.S. training camp a number of times and has earned one cap when he registered a clean sheet for the red, white and blue in the team’s 1-0 win over Venezuela on Jan. 21, 2012 in Glendale, Ariz.
In his fourth season with United, Hamid started 25 games and recorded four shutouts, including a shutout against Real Salt Lake on October 1 to help United win the the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.
“I was impressed by Bill’s work-rate,” said United midfielder John Thorrington in a recent interview. “He’s hard on himself.”
Hamid became the first D.C. United Academy player to sign directly with the United when he joined the club late in 2009. He made history on May 5, 2010 when he became the youngest goalkeeper to win an MLS game at 19 years and 161 days old, besting the previous record held by Tim Howard, who is now the U.S. team starting goalie.
On this tour, Hamid will be battling with his fellow MLS goalie Sean Johnson for the No. 2 spot behind Howard.
“The postion of goalie is the most competative for Americans, because athletically we produce really good goalies,” said Thorrington, who has been a teammate of Hamid and Johnson. “Athletically these guys have everything. The most consistent one will win out.”
Hamid was most recently a member of the 2013 U.S. men’s national team that won gold at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup this past summer.
U.S. team roster for games against Scotland and Austria.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).
DEFENDERS (7): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City).
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups
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