D.C. United’s Bill Hamid named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

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After being named to the MLS Best XI yesterday, Bill Hamid got some more good news as he was named Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year.

At age 24, Hamid becomes the third youngest player to win the award, behind Tim Howard (22 in 2001) and Brad Guzan (23 in 2007).

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The honor has been dominated by more experienced keepers, as Hamid becomes the first winner under the age of 30 since Guzan in 2007.

D.C. United bowed out of the MLS Playoffs in the first round at the hands of the New York Red Bulls, but Hamid was lights out for the club all season long.

He posted a 1.13 goals-against average and a league-leading save percentage (75%). Hamid also tallied career-highs in wins (14) and clean sheets (10).

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It was a two-man race for first place as Hamid beat out the seasoned veteran Nick Rimando. Rimando, who is 35, set the record for most career clean sheets this season and was named to his fourth All-Star game, but is yet to win the award for best goalkeeper.

Now officially cemented as a premier goalkeeper in the MLS, Hamid will hope his success for D.C. United will earn him a larger role with the USMNT.

With Tim Howard on sabbatical, Hamid earned his second career international start in the United States 4-1 loss to Ireland earlier in the month.

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Currently fourth on the goalkeeping depth chart for Jurgen Klinsmann, Hamid has one thing in his favor moving forward: age.

Tim Howard (35), Brad Guzan (30) and Nick Rimando (35) all sit ahead of Hamid on the pecking order, but in four years time for the 2018 World Cup, their status and form may be in question. That leaves room for Hamid to try and battle his way into a possible starting role for his country.