With U.S. Soccer’s goalkeeping situation in serious flux, 2016 was supposed to be a breakthrough year on the international scene for D.C. United goalie Bill Hamid.
Instead, it looks like Hamid will spend the early part of the year on the sidelines.
Steven Goff of The Washington Post was first to report the bad news:
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 14, 2016
United’s goalie underwent surgery on his injured right knee Wednesday, and took to Instagram shortly after the procedure.
Fresh out of operation!! Thanks to Dr. Gerhardt & Dr. Mandlebaum on finally fixing my Meniscus issues that have plagued me the past year. Now the road to recovery begins and im so confident & focused on having an amazing year. #ThankfulForAnotherDay #Inshallah #DabSeason
A photo posted by Bilal (@billhamid) on Jan 13, 2016 at 10:00am PST
Early last July, Hamid underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the damaged meniscus in his right knee. He returned to action a month later with one of the best performances of his career — an eight-save road shutout that sparked a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact.
Hamid’s injury threatens to not only derail D.C.’s season, but the young netminder’s international career as well. Behind both Tim Howard and Brad Guzan in the U.S. national team’s pecking order, Hamid — a Northern Virginia native — could have benefitted greatly from playing well in U.S. Soccer’s upcoming friendlies against Iceland (Jan 31) and Canada (Feb. 5).
United currently has two other goalkeepers on the roster. Backup Andrew Dykstra started nine games last season, while rookie Travis Worra made just one appearance — coming on as a substitute during a 2-1 win over Vancouver in late April.
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