D.C. United's Homegrown 'keeper, and the 2014 MLS GK of the Year, Bill Hamid participated in MLS's two-day media tour this week. The 24-year-old star stirred up quiet a buzz as he made the rounds, which led to ESPN FC's Doug McIntyre calling Hamid the "star of the day."
Well done. See ya tomorrow, Bill!
Social media buzz for Hamid
It was a busy day for the Black-and-Red in Philadelphia. With a pick in both the first and second round, D.C. United gained depth in the midfield, selecting Miguel Aguilar and Dan Metzger with the 17th and 42nd pick, respectively. Molly Bruh and Monumental Network's Lindsay Simpson recap the day with interviews from Ben Olsen, Dave Kasper, Dan Metzger and Sasho Cirovski.
Today, D.C. United selected Miguel Aguilar, a midfielder out of the University of San Francisco, with the 17th pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. We caught up with the excited, soon-to-be rookie so we could all get to know each other better.
Describe today. Are you at home? What are you doing?
Miguel Aguilar: Yeah, I am home. I am very emotional and very grateful for the opportunity and being able to share this with my family is the greatest feeling. Seeing my mom's reaction when my name was called up is the best thing.
Over the past several years, D.C. United has seen major success in MLS drafts. Last year specifically, the Black-and-Red rebuilt its roster via the re-entry draft, finding proven winners in the League and finding success on the field. Choosing from college players in the SuperDraft is a bit more complicated, as there is no proof the prospects will pan out as professionals. United General Manager Dave Kasper, though, along with past head coaches and current boss Ben Olsen, have used the SuperDraft to their advantage each year, as proven by the current roster.
"Perry [Kitchen] and Steven [Birnbaum] are talented, young American players with bright futures. Perry has been an integral member of D.C. United for four years, and Steve had an impressive rookie season last year.
D.C. United has announced that midfielder Perry Kitchen and defender Steven Birnbaum have been called up to the U.S. Men's National Team camp which will take place in Carson, Calif., and Santiago, Chile, from Jan. 12-Feb. 8. The Men's National Team will play international friendlies against Chile on Jan. 28 in Santiago, Chile, and Panama on Feb. 8 in Carson, Calif.