The U.S. Men’s National Team has announced the final 23-player roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid has once again been selected for the squad.
The players will meet at a training camp in San Diego, Calif., on July 1 before hosting a tune-up match against Guatemala on July 5 at Qualcomm Stadium. The team will then face Belize on July 9 in Portland, Ore., Cuba on July 13 in Sandy, Utah, and Costa Rica on July 16 in Hartford, Conn., in its three Group C matches.
“Bill is having a solid season, and this call-up is very deserving,” D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a team release. “We wish him the best of luck in winning a trophy with the U.S. Men’s National Team.”
Hamid will thus be unavailable for D.C. United’s MLS matches against Seattle Sounders FC on July 3 and the Colorado Rapids on July 7, as well as the international friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara on Friday, July 12. Should the U.S. progress further into the knockout stage of the competition, Hamid will miss the Black-and-Red’s League games against the Chicago Fire on July 20 and against the New England Revolution on July 27.
The D.C. United goalkeeper has already been recalled by Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann on a few occasions in 2013, first appearing on the 18-man roster against Canada on Jan. 29 in an international friendly. He was also part of the roster for a friendly against Germany on June 2, a game that was played at Hamid’s home ground of RFK Stadium and which celebrated the centennial of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Hamid earned his first cap with the senior U.S. Men’s National Team a year ago when he registered a clean sheet in the side’s 1-0 win over Venezuela on Jan. 21, 2012 in Glendale, Ariz. The 22-year-old netminder was called up several times in 2011, serving as Tim Howard’s backup in games against Mexico (Aug. 10), Costa Rica (Sept. 2), Belgium (Sept. 6), Honduras (Oct. 8), France (Nov. 11) and Slovenia (Nov. 15). In each case, the D.C. United Academy product was on the 18-man roster, but did not see the field. Hamid also appeared in three matches in March 2012, alongside United teammate Perry Kitchen, for the U-23 U.S. Men’s National Team in its quest to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
In his fourth season with D.C. United, Hamid has started 14 games thus far and has registered four shutouts, most recently against the San Jose Earthquakes on June 22. Last season, Hamid started 24 games and registered career-bests in GAA (1.03), saves (88), shutouts (8) and wins (13). At the end of the 2012 campaign, the Academy product finished with the best saves percentage (77.9%) in MLS and boasted the third-lowest GAA in the League. On Sept. 2, 2009, Hamid became the first D.C. United Academy player to sign directly with the First Team. Hamid made history on May 5, 2010 when he became the youngest goalkeeper to win an MLS contest at 19 years and 161 days old, besting the previous record held by Tim Howard.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup will involve 12 teams and will be hosted in the United States across 13 venues from July 7-28, with the final to be held at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 28. Mexico is defending champions, and has qualified automatically for this year’s tournament alongside the United States and Canada. These three countries are joined by nine other nations from the 2012 Caribbean Cup and the 2013 Copa Centroamerica, including tournament debutants Belize. Teams are divided into three groups of four, with the top two from each group joined by the two best third-placed teams across the groups. The tournament will then be a straight knockout, culminating in the final in Chicago.
The winner of the 2013 Gold Cup will compete in a playoff with the winner of the 2015 event for the right to represent CONCACAF at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The U.S. has reached the final of the Gold Cup in five of the last six tournaments, winning three titles.