D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been named to U.S. National Team’s provisional roster ahead of one of the American squad’s biggest games in recent history.
On October 10th, the United States will face arch-rival Mexico in a one-game playoff at the Rose Bowl. The winner will earn the region’s lone bid to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia - which serves as a very valuable dress-rehersal for the following year’s World Cup.
Despite injuries, and a pair of mid-summer surgeries, Hamid has enjoyed another stellar campaign. After claiming MLS Goalie of the Year honors in 2014, the 24-year-old has allowed less than a goal per game this season. He has seven shutouts to his credit to go along with a 9-6-5 record over 20 starts. Hamid has made two appearances with the senior national team in his career, the most recent coming in a 4-1 loss to Ireland in November of last year.
While Hamid has definitely earned his spot on Jurgen Klinsmann’s initial 34-man group, there are no guarantees that the Northern Virginia native will actually be in Pasadena on October 10. Klinsmann named four goalies to the provisional group, but traditionally, only three goalkeepers make the gameday roster. Premier League starters Brad Guzan and Tim Howard are entrenched in the top two spots, leaving Hamid to battle it out with fellow MLS standout - and former D.C. United goalie - Nick Rimando.
The U.S. and Mexico must submit their final rosters for the match by October 1.