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Bill Hamid sidelined 6 weeks after another knee surgery

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D.C. United’s Bill Hamid will miss most, if not all, of training camp after undergoing knee surgery Monday — the second consecutive winter the standout goalkeeper has needed his right knee repaired ahead of the MLS season.

United’s first-choice keeper since 2011 withdrew from U.S. national team camp before it began last week after aggravating his meniscus during offseason workouts. Initially scheduled to return to Washington for further evaluation, he instead remained in Los Angeles for the procedure, which was performed by U.S. team physician Bert Mandelbaum.

Club officials estimate he’ll be ready to play in six weeks. United opens camp Monday and begins the regular season about six weeks later, March 4 against Sporting Kansas City at RFK Stadium.

At about this time last year, Hamid underwent a more serious operation and did not make his season debut until May 27, the 13th match of the campaign.

With Hamid sidelined, Travis Worra will inherit the No. 1 position on the depth chart at training camp in Florida. Last year, with Hamid recovering and Andrew Dykstra injured after one league match, Worra performed well over two-plus months. Worra, 23, is entering his third pro season.

United will not have to rush into international competition before the MLS schedule begins, leaving open the possibility that Hamid could return for the first meaningful activity of the year. Last year, Dykstra was pressed into service in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals against Mexico’s Queretaro and started the league opener at Los Angeles before suffering a back injury.

Released this offseason after five years with United, Dykstra signed with Kansas City this month.

Charlie Horton, who didn’t see any action last year, and rookie Eric Klenofsky will vie for the third goalkeeping slot. Klenofsky, a 6-foot-6 prospect from Monmouth, was acquired in the second round of the MLS draft last Friday.

United is planning to play six preseason friendlies in Florida between Feb. 1 and 25.

Hamid is entering his eighth full season, the longest tenure on the team. He was the MLS goalkeeper of the year in 2014 and a finalist in 2015.

In and out of the national team picture since 2012, Hamid was hopeful of joining Tim Howard and Brad Guzan at the top of the depth chart by now. Over the years, he had also caught the eye of prospective European clubs, most recently training with the Premier League’s Swansea City this offseason.

The injuries, however, have prevented him from attending the past two U.S. winter camps, leaving him behind, among others, Club Brugge’s Ethan Horvath and San Jose’s David Bingham. With Howard recovering from groin surgery, Guzan is expected to start the World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama in late March.

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