Bill Hamid earns call-up to U.S. National Team
U.S. Soccer announced today that United goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been called-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team for its week-long camp beginning Monday, October 3. Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad will host Honduras at Sun Life Stadium on October 8 (6 PM ET, FOX Soccer/Univision) and then travel to Harrison, N.J. to face Ecuador at Red Bull Arena (7 PM ET, ESPN2/Univision).
Hamid has twice been called-up to the U.S. team in 2011. He made his first 18-man roster, backing-up Tim Howard, for the team’s 1-1 draw with Mexico on August 10 and was again on the bench for a pair of 1-0 losses to Costa Rica on September 2 and Belgium on September 6.
In his second full season with D.C. United, Hamid has been the first-choice goalkeeper since recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. To date, he has played in 22 games (all starts) and put together a record of 7-4-9 to go along with seven shutouts. In 2010, Hamid became the youngest goalkeeper in MLS history to win a League contest on May 5 against Kansas City in a 2-1 victory at RFK Stadium, beating the previous record held by former New York net-minder – and fellow U.S. Men’s National Team call-up – Tim Howard. He put together a record of 3-5 in eight games for the Black-and-Red, posting one shutout and 20 saves en route to a 1.25 goals-against average mark. Hamid made United history on September 2, 2009, when he became the first D.C. United Academy player to sign with the first team. As the first player to come up through the club’s youth system, Hamid was only available for non-League games during the 2009 season and did not see any playing time.
Hamid also has experience at the youth national team levels, having spent time with the U.S. U-18 and U-20 sides. In 2008, he traveled to Portugal with the U-20s to play in the Campos Verdes International Tournament and to Mexico for Copa Chivas.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
- GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
- DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
- MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
- FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)