D.C. United’s season hasn’t gone the way Bill Hamid, or anyone in the organization, would have hoped, but the young goalkeeper got a welcome piece of positive news Thursday.
Hamid was called back into U.S. national team camp by manager Jurgen Klinsmann for part of what will be a three-week gathering that includes two friendlies and three World Cup qualifiers.
Hamid is one of four MLS goalkeepers to accompany stalwarts Tim Howard and Brad Guzan. Hamid will join the U.S. men’s team after the May 29 friendly against Belgium in Cleveland and will remain through June 2, when the U.S. hosts Germany in another friendly at RFK Stadium. As a result, he will miss United’s road game against the Chicago Fire the same day.
“We are in a great position with our goalies,” Klinsmann said in a U.S. Soccer release.
The 22-year-old Hamid was last called up to the U.S. team for the January training camp that culminated in a Jan. 29 friendly against Canada, though he did not play in the 0-0 draw. He secured his only cap on Jan. 21, 2012, posting a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over Venezuela.
After the pair of friendlies, the U.S. continues World Cup qualifying, with games against Jamaica (June 7), Panama (June 11) and Honduras (June 18).
Hamid will give way to Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) for those three matches as the U.S. continues its road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
United vs. Sporting Kansas City
D.C United’s road does not get any easier following a 2-1 loss at FC Dallas, a franchise-worst seventh-straight defeat. At 1-8-1, United will face a 6-4-2 Sporting Kansas City team that is an Eastern Conference favorite and boasts U.S. call-ups Graham Zusi and Matt Besler.