D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid is on his way to England to train for a week with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.
Hamid, 20, is scheduled to attend West Brom’s match against Liverpool on Saturday and then begin training with the first team. He remains under contract with United and is not on formal trial.
“It’s a good opportunity to train and get better, take in the Premier League atmosphere,” Hamid said before his flight to London. “I’m just going to work hard.”
Hamid started 28 of 34 league matches this season for United, which failed to qualify for the MLS playoffs.
The workout with West Brom was arranged by his representatives at James Grant Sports, which has offices in England. West Brom is in 12th place in the 20-club top tier with 11 points from nine matches.
“The opportunity presented itself,” agent Chris Megaloudis said. “It’s good for everyone. Someday Bill will have an opportunity to play overseas and this is a chance for him to see what it’s like and for clubs to get to know him.”
Hamid was on trial with Celtic in Scotland three years ago.
United granted him permission to train with West Brom, Megaloudis said.
Hamid is awaiting word on a U.S. national team call-up for friendlies at France on Nov. 11 and Slovenia four days later. He attended three U.S. camps this year but has yet to earn his first cap. He’s considered the top under-23 candidate for the 2012 Olympic squad. Qualifying will take place in the spring.