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The Throw-In: The mystique of the aging 'keeper

Why do fans save special treatment for our veteran netminders?
Throw-In: Love of gloves

Matt Reis, Kasey Keller, Throw-In

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Goalkeepers are a different breed. We all know that. No one else in soccer gets away with wearing head-to-toe DayGlo green.

We joke – a bit. It’s a given that ‘keepers generally ooze more personality than the average soccer player. They’re often the go-to quotes for media members, and they’re the first guys to be alternately beloved and heckled by fans.

Hamid pushes back into net for D.C. United

DC 'keeper returned to action against Union in Open Cup match
Hamid returns to DC net

BOYDS, Md. – Decked from head-to-toe in a bright, neon-green goalie kit, 20-year-old Bill Hamid made his first competitive appearance for D.C. United in last night’s penalty-kick triumph over the Philadelphia Union in a U.S. Open Cup play-in game.

Hamid made his first start for DC since Sept. 4 of last year, a 1-0 loss against Columbus that preceded season-ending shoulder surgery. His only appearances prior to Wednesday evening this year came in the team’s two reserve matches.

US U-20s' Rongen: Early mistakes cost us

Head coach rues missed scoring opportunities in opening minutes
Rongen: Mistakes cost us

Thomas Rongen

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GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Though a dejected Thomas Rongen credited Guatemala with a gutsy, inspired performance during Wednesday night's upset of the US U-20 team in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Championship, he pointed to the opening quarter-hour as the USA's ultimate downfall.

"I think we lost the game early on, with two or three very good chances in the first 10 minutes," Rongen said after a 2-1 defeat sent the host Guatemalans to the World Cup and the US home early. "That sometimes, or a lot of times, comes back to haunt you."

VIDEO: Post-match quotes

2011 U.S. Open Cup play-in: DC vs Philadelphia
Post-match quotes

Highlights: D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union

U.S. Open Cup play-in round - Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Highlights: United vs Union

No WCup for US, who fall to Guatemala in quarters

US U-20s fall 2-1 in CONCACAF Championship, fail to get Cup spot
US fall to Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — It took 92 years, but on Wednesday night at Estadio Mateo Flores, 30,000 fans stopped chanting "Sí se puede" and started singing "Sí se pudo.”

Guatemala, who have never sent a team to the World Cup on any level, shocked the United States U-20 squad in the quarterfinal of the CONCACAF Championship with a 2-1 victory to qualify for the main event this summer in Colombia.

Post-match quotes: D.C. United 2 - Philadelphia Union 2

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - Maryland SoccerPlex - Boyds, MD
Quotes: DC vs PHL

USOC 2011 QUOTESHEET

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 – D.C. UNITED 2, PHILADELPHIA UNION 2 (United advances on PKs 4-2)

Bill Hamid: “Estoy muy feliz por este resultado”

Portero fue pieza clave en victoria de DC sobre el Union
Hamid feliz por resultado

GERMANTOWN, MD.- El portero Bill Hamid del D.C. United aseguró estar muy feliz con el triunfo del D.C. United sobre el Philadelphia Union en partido eliminatorio de la Copa Abierta Lamar Hunt.

“Estoy muy feliz con este triunfo y con mi regreso a las canchas para ayudar a mi club tanto en la Copa Abierta como en la liga”, dijo Hamid sobre la grama del Maryland SoccerPlex donde se realizó el partido.

Crónica: DC 2(4) – 2(2) Union… Capitalinos se imponen por penales

DC United avanzó a la siguiente ronda de la Copa Abierta
DC descalifica al Union

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GERMANTOWN, MD.- El portero Bill Hamid, haciendo su debut en la temporada 2011, detuvo un tiro penal y su club D.C. United derrotó 4-2 al Philadelphia Union en la definición por tiros penales, para ganar su pase a la siguiente ronda de la Copa Abierta de Estados Unidos Lamar Hunt en la que enfrentarán al New England Revolution.

DC down Union on PKs in USOC play-in round

Back-and-forth battle sees Boskovic play the hero
DC downs Union

BOYDS, Md. – D.C. United advanced in US Open Cup qualification rounds with a 4-2 win on penalty kicks over the Philadelphia Union after a 2-2 draw Wednesday evening at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

The two sides exchanged first half goals, and then went scoreless until extra time when DC defender Daniel Woolard gave his side the lead, smashing home off a goalmouth scramble. Not to be outdone, Philadephia’s Brian Carroll equalized from a corner kick in the 118th minute to force penalty kicks.

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