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Hamid's Signing With DCU

D.C. United's newest player is Bill Hamid, an 18-year-old goalkeeper from Annandale, Va., who came through the club's youth academy. He is 6 feet 3 and 225 pounds. He'll wear No. 28.

A work permit issue prevented him from signing with Glasgow Celtic last year, and after weighing overseas options this summer, he signed a Generation Adidas deal with DCU last week. He will not be eligible to play in MLS matches until next year but is available right away for CONCACAF Champions League games and potential friendlies.

DCU President Kevin Payne: "For our league to succeed, for D.C. United to succeed, for our country to succeed, it is imperative that we create a clear and understandable pathway from the youngest players up to the professional level. ... They have to be able to dream and they have to be able to see that dream fulfilled. For us, this is a very exciting day because this is really the first example of that dream being fulfilled in our market."

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GM Dave Kasper: "We are going to take a long-term view of Bill because goalkeepers mature a little bit later. We think he has the right qualities to be a very successful goalkeeper at D.C. United."

Payne, on the new MLS rule that allows clubs to sign academy players without initially having to make room for them on the 24-man roster: "We needed to protect these young players in our development system. There were a lot of other clubs from outside the country who were looking at our players, and we actually had made it very difficult on ourselves to sign these players. It's very unusual for the league to make a competitive change during the season: The decision was made to let teams sign extra players from their youth system but the compromise was that they couldn't play in MLS this year."

Hamid: "This is the beginning and I am just looking forward to working hard every day and showing what I can do. ... Leadership was basically at the top of the list [of his attributes]. Judah Cooks [an academy coach] looked to me to play a leader role, they really pushed into my head to make sure I was the captain, the father of the team."

Payne: "Obviously, the first thing that struck us about Bill was his size. He is imposing in the goal. But he has certain qualities that are pretty unusual in young goalkeepers. The leadership is really unusual for a young player to even mention that, but it does comes through on the field. He communicates better than a lot goalkeepers that are far older; some goalkeepers struggle with that their whole career. But the other thing that really struck us was that he is a classic player that the sum of his parts is what is most impressive, more impressive than any individual aspect. He wins games and he makes plays. That is a quality you look for in goalkeepers. We think he has great potential."

Without naming Freddy Adu and Bobby Convey specifically, Payne added: "We are prepared to be very patient. That doesn't mean he will be held back beyond what he can accomplish. We are in no rush. There have been occasions when we have had young players here that there's been a sense of rush with it. That's not the case with Bill."

Hamid said, when he was young, his goalkeeping idol was MLS veteran Zach Thornton because "everyone basically thought I was him" -- a reference to their similar size and African-American heritage. "For the past couple years, no doubt, it's been Tim Howard."

By Steve Goff  |  September 2, 2009; 10:20 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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These is no emoticon for how I feel.

STFU Payne! "Be patient" I think our patience with you has run out...

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 2, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse


can't spell tonight

those $2 beers!!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 2, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Why do I care about this signing? Nothing really. Obviously, the entire roster is crab right now and that's really a part of our president, GM, genius coach.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | September 2, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

By the way, if I wanted to buy a $2 beer and hot god I had to wait an hour or more so I never got one. All I got was $7 crab budwiser in the stands. If you want to sell as it advertised in those papers you really need to prepare to serve it. I am sorry I am posting these comments but I am really pissed specially loosing to crab like Seattle.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | September 2, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

DCUnited Football is so right. That's what we need to win. A hot god!

But for a hot god you should be willing to wait longer than an hour.


Posted by: fentysupporter | September 2, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Moreno should be shown the door, well the retirement house door.

Fred can do much better in a system that is much suited for his speed.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 2, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse


Fred gives the ball away like it's his freakin' job. Horrible tonight.

Enjoy your last views of Soehn, Fred, and Emilio...

Posted by: teo_68 | September 2, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

What are the specifics of the rule change that allows him to be signed and not on the MLS roster?

Posted by: sitruc | September 2, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

mmmm crab budweiser

Posted by: Reignking | September 2, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

The comments about leadership and communication are especially ironic given Wicks' behavior the past 2 games. I hope Hamid is ready sooner rather than later.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | September 2, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse


Fred gives the ball away like it's his freakin' job. Horrible tonight.

Enjoy your last views of Soehn, Fred, and Emilio...

Posted by: teo_68 | September 2, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Dont forget your boys Moreno and Gomez!

Ones lost his step and the other one is losing it.
I guess the move to bring back Gomez as our "savior" failed.

Moreno is done with...

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 2, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: DadRyan | September 2, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse



People who don't care don't post in all-caps.

It's the new friends don't let friends tweet.

Posted by: mason08 | September 2, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

No crud Mason08.
I don't tweet though. I just come here.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 2, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh crab!

The rule change is a smart one. As I wrote yesterday, United will be faced with a choice sooner rather than later with Andy Najar. Without a reserve system, what can the team offer a teenage player like that who is not ready to play with the first team but is good enough to attract foreign interest?

Posted by: fischy | September 2, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

MLSNET has the highlights

who were the announcers because if anyone watched the end after Seattle lifted the Cup. They call United out, I mean they literally just brush United right off and call them out for not being out during the ceremony. Who are they to even say a word.

If your hands get stomped by someone wearing CLEATS! doesnt your hand show markings??? Just a thought.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 2, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 3, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Dips, I don't think it really matters if he made contact with his hand or not, it's the intent that matters. And it was quite obvious Wicks intended to do harm to Montero's hand. You're not seriously questioning if he should of been sent off, are you?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | September 3, 2009 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Wicks needs to go. Tonight he proved he doesn't have the mental capability of remaining calm in the storm.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 3, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

"And it was quite obvious Wicks intended to do harm to Montero's hand..."

It is? Are you sure? Did he run up and leap over Montero, targeting his hand all the way? Or, did he only seek out Montero's hand once he was airborne? I think he tried to hustle and get the ball and found he had to hurdle Montero. Everything else is utter speculation, based on the awkward, heavy two-footed landing. Was it a stomp? Or a clumsy landing?

Posted by: fischy | September 3, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

It was dumb.

I think we can all agree on that.

Posted by: mason08 | September 3, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Wicks is our Mike Tyson: you might see a dynamite brilliance, or he can bite you.

Bill Hamid is needed as ever.

Fred, Emilio, Gomez must go.

Soehn has grown on me. I can't blame him for all three guys above playing so below their potential. And he did replace Fred at half time, and when sacrifice was needed he pulled Gomez out.

Look at the bench. Did he have a luxury not to field Moreno, Fred, Emilio and Gomez? Pontius, Wallase and Quaranta still have a room to grow - the question is: is their best will be on the level of Moreno, Gomez, Emilio best? So it's understandable that Soehn put experience on the field to start.

Anyway, old guard should go and take Wicks with them.

Posted by: Tolik | September 3, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

This is a great move. Offering this guy a Generation Adidas contract means that (1) he has a much higher salary so he's less likely to go to Europe at the soonest chance, (2) the league is responsible for most of his salary so it doesn't count as much against our cap, and (3) he only counts as a developmental roster player so he doesn't take a senior spot. We have nothing to lose with this. Great move. Hope to see more like this.

Kocic might lose his job to this guy if Hamid looks good in training camp next year.

Posted by: DCUMD | September 3, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Any signing from our academy is good news. We need this to happen more often if we're to become a better soccer country. I hope Hamid shines for us. He's obviously got the size for the job, and Simpson has done pretty well in turning Wicks into a decent MLS keeper (ignoring his apparent mental instability). Remember, folks, that Wicks was flat-out horrible with LA last year. Everyone says he boosted his playing fitness, but keepers only improve so much with that. Wicks was not serviceable when he got here; either Simpson is doing a good job of coaching, or some kind of divine intervention took place. I'm not religious, so you can guess where I'm leaning.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | September 4, 2009 3:21 AM | Report abuse

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