Just a couple days after dishing out some harsh criticism for D.C. United goalie Bill Hamid, U.S. World Cup veteran Eric Wynalda is changing his tune.
“Here’s how I’m going to handle it, I’m going to apologize,” Wynalda said Friday night during his daily show on XM Satellite radio. “I don’t think [Hamid] is all the way there, but you’re right in regards to the fact that I went a little too far.”
“Every once in a while you do put your foot in your mouth."
Wynalda’s mea culpa comes on the heels of statements he made earlier this week during a discussion regarding the goalkeepers called into U.S. Soccer’s upcoming camp.
“[Hamid] is so out of position ninety percent of the time, I don’t know what to make of it,” Wynalda said on Wednesday. "As a forward I would love to play against this guy.”
On Friday, the longtime U.S. international was far more complimentary towards United’s young goalkeeper.
“Just because he’s as good as he is…I still think there’s a long way to go and I hope he continues to grow,” Wynalda concluded Friday.
Hamid should have his chance to prove Wynalda - and any other doubters - wrong soon enough. The 25-year-old is likely to start in at least one of U.S. Soccer’s upcoming friendlies against Iceland (Jan.31) or Canada (Feb. 5).