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Bill Hamid: Superstar in the Making

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By ADAM CURTIS
College Contributor Network

The United States is not known for churning out superstar talents in the soccer world, but goalkeeper has always been a position rich with quality players for the red, white and blue. Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando have been mainstays on the national team, but these three goalies are all thirty or over. While Guzan is slated to start for the U.S. at the Gold Cup, the team needs to look ahead to the 2018 World Cup.

Many young talents have caught the eye of coach Jürgen Klinsmann, including Cody Cropper, Sean Johnson and William Yarbrough, but 24-year-old Bill Hamid has separated himself from the pack and seems to have an edge on the competition to be the future starting keeper for the United States Men's National Team. Hamid has always expressed a desire to play overseas in the future, and given his current form, it won't be long before a big club snatches him up. Hamid has played in MLS with D.C. United his whole career. When he won his 2010 debut at the ripe old age of 19, he became the youngest goalkeeper to win a regular season game in MLS history, beating the previous record holder, Howard, by four days.

While Hamid showed his lack of experience on the field from time to time, and lost his head on occasion, his talent was evident from day one and it became clear that he was going to develop into a star talent. The question was never if, but when it was going to happen. The 2014 MLS season answered that question. Leading D.C. United to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference, Hamid ended up winning the MLS Goalie of the Year Award, beating out Rimando, the keeper for Real Salt Lake. Previous award winners include Howard, Guzan, Kasey Keller and Brad Friedel, putting Hamid in some good company.

Hamid recently signed a multi-year contract extension with D.C. United, reportedly making him the highest paid keeper in the league. Many believe that Hamid will be moved in the future to a bigger club in Europe, following in the footsteps of another D.C. United homegrown talent, Andy Najar, who went to Belgian powerhouse Anderlecht back in 2013.

Hamid already has a couple caps for the U.S., and no doubt has set his sight on the starting job. The only difference between Hamid and previous U.S. goalkeeping greats is that Hamid actually has hair, but we can give him a few years for that too.

Adam Curtis is a freshman at American University. Growing up, he played soccer and tennis and is a die-hard D.C. sports fan. Follow him on Twitter: @actennis96
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