The next American goalkeeping sensation is D.C. United teenager Bill Hamid. At least, that’s according to the last player who carried the title.
“He’s one that has a lot of potential, but it’s almost too early to tell,” US backup goalkeeper Brad Guzan told MLSsoccer.com last week. “I think he’s a fantastic goalkeeper and a fantastic athlete, and I think if he can keep going in the right direction, he’ll be alright.”
Bad luck and big letdowns have become the norm for D.C. United this season and the stars seemed to be aligning against them again at several junctures in Saturday night’s 3-2 win over Chivas USA at RFK Stadium.
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After this week’s 3-2 friendly win over AC Milan, D.C. United are undefeated in non-league matches and --curiously-- undefeated on Wednesdays, scoring nine goals in three midweek games.
Alas, their weekend league matches have been another story altogether, as proven by 1-8 record in MLS play. But United head into Saturday night’s match against Chivas USA hopeful that Wednesday night’s offensive explosion against a top European club will help them break a three-match league losing streak and their accompanying 326-minute scoring drought.
On a wild
Wednesday night when no less than 40 players took the field at RFK Stadium, the
brief list of those who lasted the full 90 minutes of D.C. United’s exhibition
match against AC Milan is noteworthy. Its members: Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro
Nesta, Alexandre Pato, Christian Abbiati and the home team’s sole
representative, Jordan Graye.
company for a rookie MLS defender widely assumed to be training fodder a few
months ago when United used their only pick of the 2010 SuperDraft to make him
the 55th overall selection.
The stars were out at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night at D.C. United hosted Italian giants AC Milan in an international friendly—and a spirited crowd of 30,367 spectators were treated to something that’s been almost as rare as a superclub’s visit this season: a United victory.
D.C. rode goals from Luciano Emilio, Chris Pontius and Danny Allsopp to a 3-2 win over the Rossoneri, though the muggy evening’s real highlights were the tricks and flicks of Brazilian idol Ronaldinho and his calcio mates.