*Barring a last-minute change, Bill Hamid, D.C. United’s 20-year-old goalkeeper, will join veteran Tim Howard as the netminders for the U.S. national team’s friendly against Mexico next week, the Insider has learned. Hamid is in fine form, 2 1/2 hours away from the four-day get-together in Philadelphia, and needs national team workouts ahead of his expected lead role for the under-23/Olympic squad next year. Howard is Hamid’s idol, and they’ve bonded in the past year. In act, I’m told, Howard’s recommendation weighed heavily in Juergen Klinsmann’s decision to invite Hamid.
*Freddy Adu has also been selected, I’m told. Coming off strong performances in the late stages of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, his inclusion is no surprise. Adu is currently without a club and has been staying fit in Washington with noted trainer Randy Rocha. He remains under contract with Benfica and is awaiting a loan or transfer. MLS is not out of the question, although Europe is the front-runner.
Klinsmann will announce the roster today. His guest assistants, I’m hearing, will be Tab Ramos and Martin Vasquez, a Klinsmann assistant in Germany who now works for Real Salt Lake’s development academy.
*USA forward Eddie Johnson was involved in a domestic dispute.
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*MLS streaks: Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten run to 14 with a 2-0 home victory over Real Salt Lake, while the Los Angeles Galaxy’s surge ended at 14 with a 3-0 away loss to the Portland Timbers.
*FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders advanced to the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League. FCD defeated Alianza (El Salvador), 1-0, for a 2-0 aggregate triumph, while Seattle needed extra time to edge San Francisco (Panama), 2-0, for a 2-1 aggregate advantage.
*Since returning from the Women’s World Cup, goalkeeper Hope Solo has not played for her WPS club, the troubled South Florida team formerly known as the Washington Freedom. Don’t be surprised if she doesn’t play again this season. Solo received permission to recuperate from injuries suffered at the World Cup: shoulder, wrist and knee.
“At some point, she will be back in Florida to be with her team,” her agent, Richard Motzkin, said. “Whether she plays is unclear based on how she responds to the treatment and rehabilitation.”
The word I’m getting, however, is that she is done. The WPS season ends this month.
Her club recently signed Canadian keeper Karina LeBlanc. Last night, in a 3-2 victory over Sky Blue, Abby Wambach scored twice and Megan Rapinoe had the go-ahead strike in the 86th minute.
*The USA women’s team will begin its U.S. tour with two friendlies against Canada: Sept. 17 in Kansas City and Sept. 22 in Portland.