After recovering from offseason knee surgery, Bill Hamid is back in net for D.C. United, looking to propel the club higher in the Eastern Conference standings.
It’s been a good season so far for D.C. United. They find themselves in the early playoff picture in the East. And until this past week, they got there without goalkeeper Bill Hamid between the sticks.
Granted, Travis Worra, the club’s primary keeper this season, has played above average. He has allowed just under a goal a match in his 11 starts. But there is a big difference between above average and elite. Hamid will look to showcase that as he returns to full health, and his usual place in goal for D.C.
Hamid has been the gold standard in MLS goalkeeping for years now. He’s remarkably consistent, a great vocal leader, and has a knack for the athletic, highlight reel saves. He possesses USMNT experience, as well as previous training with West Bromwich Albion. He has been a mainstay at keeper for D.C. United since becoming the first choice selection in 2011.
In 2016, The District’s defense has held up its end of the bargain, but the offense has scored one or zero in ten matches so far. Hamid’s presence will be especially felt in those matches. With more than adequate Travis Worra in the net, United may not find the net, make one mistake, allow one goal, and lose 1-0. Enter the 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
Hamid turns some 1-0 losses into 0-0 draws at worst. As we know, good offense helps a defense on the pitch. An attack that can possess the ball prevents their opponent from being able to put shots on their keeper. It works the other way as well. When the attack knows they have a great shot stopper behind them, they feel more confident, and confidence can lead to scoring.
So as we enter the summer and the middle portion of the MLS season, expect D.C. United to make a push towards the top of the Eastern Conference table with their star keeper back in the lineup. Also, expect to see some frustrated forwards as they get shut out by Bill Hamid and his backline boys.