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Early season hit for DC United: USMNT’s Hamid out 4-6 months

Montreal Impact v DC United

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 16: Goalie Bill Hamid #28 of DC United warms up for play against the Montreal Impact February 16, 2013 in the third round of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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DC United has been dealt a blow to their early season hopes, as star goalkeeper Bill Hamid could be out for six months.

The stalwart keeper underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus, leaving DC with two relatively untested backstops to start the season.

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Andrew Dykstra played 15 matches last year -- 9 in MLS -- and rookie Travis Worra played a total of 32 minutes for DC, spending most of his time with USL side Richmond Kickers.

According to advanced stats site Squawka, Hamid was the second most complete goalkeeper in MLS last season behind Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando.

Hamid has two caps for the United States men’s national team.

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