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Bill Hamid Highlights

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Bill Hamid 2011 Highlights

Bill Hamid

  • DOB November 25, 1990
  • Age 23
  • Place of birth Annandale, Virginia
  • POSITION Goalkeeper
  • HEIGHT 6'3"
  • WEIGHT 225
  • U.S. CAPS 1
  • CLUB D.C. United
  • TWITTER @billhamid28 (145K followers)
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 63
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 63
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The prodigiously athletic Bill Hamid gets things done early. He was the first player to sign a professional contract from the D.C. United Academy and he was the youngest goalkeeper to earn a victory in Major League Soccer—a feat he accomplished on May 5, 2010. The previous owner of that record? Tim Howard, the American No. 1 ’keeper Hamid models himself after. "It gets me excited to see the attitude and the drive that [Howard] has," the young netminder told ESPN. "It is something I relate to."

Hamid is, according to many pundits, the U.S. goalkeeper of the future. Jurgen Klinsmann seemed to think so as well, bringing Hamid to plenty of early friendlies, although the goalie saw precious little time due to Howard's dominance. Hamid is not taking anything about the future for granted—a topic he addressed in February 2012. "You can’t say I’m the backup until World Cup qualifying time or World Cup time," Hamid said. "I’m happy where I’m at, but it’s not finished. The hard work has to continue no matter where you stand."

As if to support his own comment, Hamid struggled throughout the 2012 Olympic qualifiers, especially on crosses. He didn't display—or generate—much confidence as the Americans failed to qualify for the Olympics. An ankle injury he suffered in the last match against El Salvador further hampered his development, and he missed the start of the 2012 MLS season. To his credit, Hamid fought his way back into D.C. United’s starting XI by May, but Jurgen Klinsmann did not name the young goalkeeper to his first two World Cup qualifying rosters. Instead, Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando backed up Howard.

Hamid definitely remains in the U.S. goalkeeping mix, even if he has taken a few back steps in 2012. The sky is the limit for this gifted athlete, and MLS should prove to be an ideal training ground for this national team hopeful.—NOAH DAVIS

Klinsmann on Hamid:
"It seems like behind Tim Howard there was not a lot happening the last couple of years. We hope that with Bill coming in, the experience and environment of having Tim Howard next to him is almost like a mentor." (October 2011)

Noteworthy Reads

Bill Hamid: A Homegrown Soccer Star with a Touch of Wanderlust (Washingtonian.com)
Bill Hamid's Understudy Role for the U.S. (ESPN.com)
Hamid Sees Howard as Inspiration (MLSSoccer.com)
AmericanSoccerNow.