A day after falling to arch-rival Mexico in dramatic fashion, the U.S. Men’s National Team is looking for reinforcements -- and the heavily-criticized Jurgen Klinsmann has come calling to D.C. United.
D.C. goalie Bill Hamid has been selected for the American roster ahead of an international friendly against Costa Rica on October 13th. The game, which will be played at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, is the final contest for the United States before qualifying for the 2018 World Cup begins.
Hamid was named to the provisional roster for Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup between the U.S. and Mexico, but was left out of the final team in favor of Tim Howard, Nick Rimando and eventual starter Brad Guzan. The United States fell 3-2 in extra time, losing out on a berth to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia as a result.
A season after claiming MLS Goalkeeper of the Year honors, Hamid is enjoying another solid campaign. In 23 starts, he’s racked up 7 shutouts and has a 10-8-5 record for playoff-bound United. With rumors of interest from European teams swirling, D.C. signed Hamid to a long-term contract extension back in May.
Hamid is one of five players added to the U.S. team for Tuesday’s match. Eight others -- including CONCACAF Cup starters DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey -- were released back to their respective club teams.
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