Bill Hamid

D.C. United

Bill Hamid is traveling to Denmark to sign his next contract

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The keeper is rumored to be signing with FC Midtjylland

Black and Red United has learned that Bill Hamid is headed to Denmark today, where he will sign a contract to play, after deciding not to return to D.C. United. The keeper, who has spent the entirety of his professional career with the Black-and-Red, announced to the Washington Post yesterday that he did not intend to return to United for a 10th professional season.

RFK memories, Bill Hamid’s D.C. United exit, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 19, 2017

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The USWNT face South Korea tonight too!

Remembering the sights and sounds of RFK Stadium, a hallowed hall of soccer -MLSsoccer.com
Jason is interviewed here in an otherwise great piece about RFK. Seriously, it's quite good and you should read it.

‘I want to push myself': Bill Hamid won't return to D.

Bill Hamid leaving D.C. United after this season

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Sunday will be goalkeeper Bill Hamid's final game with D.C. United.

The club's longest tenured player will leave at the end of the season after weighing extention offers from the club and considering other options for his future.

"I want to push myself and see how far I can go because I know I have the work ethic and the hunger to take myself very far in this game," Hamid told the Washington Post.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/25/17

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New week, new links.

Philadelphia Union News

Union Notes: Long overdue strategy change pays off vs. Fire
It took months of mediocrity and lack of production from the No. 10 spot for Union manager Jim Curtin to finally move away from Ilsinho and Roland Alberg and try something new.

Hat Trick Mullins turns into Pa4rick Mullins, USMNT jersey designs leaked? and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/25/17

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Also: an emotional story down in RVA.

Hi. That was fun, wasn't it?

Recaps of D.C. United's 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes by us (with more from us here), WaPo and MLS. Center Line Soccer has the NorCal take.

Lampard weighs in: "Class" performance from Mullins (MLS): Former Manchester City, West Ham United and Chelsea player Frank Lampard pays tribute to former New York City FC teammate Patrick Mullins.

Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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Can United spoil the Fire's attempts to get back to their mid-season best?

The last time D.C. United faced the Chicago Fire, the Black-and-Red were comprehensively outplayed en route to a defeat. The scoreboard at RFK Stadium only read 1-0, but realistically the Fire's dominance on the day would have been better reflected by 3-0 or 4-0.

Steve Clark to D.C. United?, Jelle van Damme is going back to Belgium, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/17/2017

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Forbes claims D.C. United's value has increased this past year

Hello! I'm back from Tajikistan [ed. note: this is not a joke, Caitlin just set us up as the #1 American soccer site in Tajikistan] and returning to Freedom Kicks duty. Decent amount of news yesterday so let's get started!

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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Last place hosts first place as United looks to salvage some pride

D.C. United's season is in dire straits. Starting with Toronto FC today, they probably need to put up 10 wins in 12 games. That would be hard for even the best United teams ever, and this one is not at that level. Most likely, we're at the point where players are trying to prove they deserve to be around in 2018, and there will be no bigger test than facing top-of-the-table TFC.

LAFC names Bradley as coach, USWNT loses to Australia, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/28/2017

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With the Galaxy firing Onalfo, hiring Schmid, and signing Jonathan Dos Santos, LA hogged the soccer news scene yesterday

Yesterday was super eventful for the world. For me, it meant picking through folders and files on an old hard drive, manually changing permissions so I could access them, and then checking for redundant files within the folders.

Know Thy Enemy: Revs-DC US Open Cup Edition

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The East Region of the 2017 US Open Cup is all set, the Revs are the "top seed" and a home quarterfinal date awaits...if they can get past DC United.

Normally, a summer meeting between two teams near the bottom of the Eastern Conference wouldn't be that big of a deal.

The fifth round of the US Open Cup however is always a big deal, so we decided to bother our good friend Ben Bromley over at Black and Red United to discuss tonight's goalkeeper not named Bill Hamid that will repeatedly rob the Revs of good goals because it's Revs-DC.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 1-0 D.C. United

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Just like the fireworks after the match, some players sparkled while others fizzled. Catch up with PSP's player ratings after the Union's victory over D.C. United.

Bill Hamid named to the USMNT’s 2017 Gold Cup roster

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The Black-and-Red faithful have a rooting interest from the club.

Bruce Arena announced the United States roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Golf Cup tournament Sunday and Bill Hamid made the final roster for the tournament, with training camp beginning on Monday. For D.C. United, this means they'll be without the services of Hamid starting with Wednesday's Round of 16 U.

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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United starts the toughest stretch of their season with their most difficult game of the season thus far

D.C. United was showing some modest signs of improvement heading into the international break, but they'll have to ratchet that up quickly today against league-leading Toronto FC. In particular, they're going to have to break out of a wretched run in front of goal, where they've scored just one goal - an ill-gotten penalty kick - in six games.

D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy community/site player ratings

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D.C.'s busy week ended, your votes tallied.

Following a 3 game in 8 day stretch that covered 7,000 miles (take THAT, traveling European club soccer fans!), D.C. United returned home in need of points and more specifically positive results, and perhaps go into their mini break with a little bit of encouragement.

D.C. United squander chances, falter in second half in 2-0 defeat to Orlando City

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Cyle Larin and Giles Barnes took advantage of United's misfirings in front of goal

D.C. United had a chance to extend their unbeaten run away from home to four games, but instead fell 2-0 to Orlando City SC on Wednesday night in Florida. After squandering several chances of their own, United succumbed in the second half to a header from Cyle Larin, and a howler from Bill Hamid which handed Giles Barnes the final tally.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver community/site player ratings

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Reviewing wins is kinda fun.

Not many (any?) followers of D.C. United gave them much of a chance against the Vancouver Whitecaps, considering they were still banged up and flying across the country to play on the Caps' garage floor of a field. But hey, give the Black-and-Red credit for sneaking out of pretty and clean British Columbia with the points in a 1-0 win, their second road win on the season by the end of May, equalling the amount of road wins they had all of 2016.

Breaking down the Jose Ortiz-Kendall Waston incident, plus LA Galaxy with Josie Becker: Filibuster

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There are some things to talk about from the weekend

With D.C. United's first midweek game of the season coming up this week, we have a jam-packed episode; we also have to do it without the services of Adam, who is off on assignment. In his stead, Jason and Ben break down D.C. United's 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, including starting off by talking about Jose Ortiz's embellishment and Kendall Waston's role in all of it.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps staff and reader predictions

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Def gonna lose, guys.

It probably goes without saying, but I'll say it nonetheless: D.C. United are not playing well. Normally, a three-game home stint would end in some sweet, sweet points to buoy a team into a couple road trips, but the Black-and-Red are instead coming off three losses in a row.

Fire Road Win? A Capitol Idea!

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(Photo courtesy chicago-fire.com)

The Chicago Fire traveled to Washington, DC on Saturday in search of their first away victory of 2017 and came home with all three points. They put away hapless DC United 1:0, a scoreline that flattered the home team. The Fire created a plethora of chances, and between the heroics of DC goalkeeper Bill Hamid and some of their own poor marksmanship, they missed an opportunity for a blowout win.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia community/site player ratings

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Going into the darkness with these scores

Following a disappointing performance the week before, D.C. United coach Ben Olsen lambasted his team's performance and expected better of them heading into the weekend with the Philadelphia Union. The result? Not great, Bob.

So what did you think?

D.C. United vs. Montreal community/site player ratings

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After a surprising win? A disappointing loss, and your ratings.

Nobody (well, almost nobody?) expected D.C. United to come out of Georgia last Sunday with a win, and they got one. They then came home to RFK to kick off the first of 3 home games against the lowly Montreal Impact. Simple task, right?

Scott Caldwell becomes third MLS homegrown to play 10,000 minutes

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Two of three most seasoned homegrowns play for the Revolution

In the 72nd minute of Saturday's 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew SC, Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell became just the second homegrown field player—and third homegrown player overall—to eclipse 10,000 regular-season minutes played.

D.C. United’s resiliency pays off in 3-1 win over Atlanta United

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Instead of folding after early siege, United responded to pick up their first road win of 2017

Sunday afternoon had all the hallmarks early on of another loss on the road for D.C. United. In their first ever game against Atlanta United, United could have conceded on two different occasions in the opening three minutes.

D.C. United’s resiliency pays off in 3-1 win over Atlanta United

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Instead of folding after early siege, United responded to pick up their first road win of 2017

Sunday afternoon had all the hallmarks early on of another loss on the road for D.C. United. In their first-ever game against Atlanta United, United could have conceded on two different occasions in the opening three minutes.

MLS Ticker: Adi suspended, Hamid negotiating new contract and more

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The first Cascadia Cup showdown of the season on Saturday will be without a star forward due to a suspension from a Week 7 incident.

Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi was handed a one-game ban and an undisclosed fine by the MLS Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday for violent conduct in the 26th minute of the loss to Sporting Kansas City.

Bill Hamid reportedly in talks with D.C. United to extend contract

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It looks like the Black-and-Red are trying to make sure another important player is around when Audi Field opens

Steve Goff reported Wednesday night that D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was involved in contract extension talks with the team. Goff cited multiple sources, including one who characterized the talks as going well but another seemed to exercise caution on their progress.

D.C. United vs. Red Bulls Community/Site Player Ratings

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A dour game? Bring on dour ratings.

D.C. United hoped to snap run of bad luck in New Jersey against a New York Red Bulls side that found themselves in need of an identity or form or whatever, similar to what D.C. did two weeks prior. And like two weeks prior when D.C. beat the Philadelphia Union, the Black-and-Red found themselves on the bad end of a 2-0 result.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC in GIF form

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Watch Lucho and Bill do work, as well as some quiet indicators for United at the back

I like winning, as D.C. United did Saturday over New York City FC. But if you're looking for animated moments of a celebratory nature this may not be the post for you. This isn't to say that we hated the win; we don't, but there were some things to take a closer look at.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union Community/Site Player Ratings

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The first win of the season is rated by you.

D.C. United needed something, ANYTHING in their game with the Philadelphia Union. Goals, a win, a dancing monkey, something. But hey, they got a 2-1 win, put the Union in the basement, and things aren't so dire, or are they? (dun dun dun)

That's where your votes come in!

Player of the week: C.J. Sapong

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For the Union, it was a game without many positives. One player, however, shone brightly. C.J. Sapong is PSP's player of the week.

Player ratings: D.C. United 2-1 Union

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The winless streak continues, as the Union turn in a poor performance. For the most part, they played as individuals. Let's evaluate them as such.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew Community/Site Player Ratings

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We go through the pain a little bit here.

D.C. United came back home to Estadio RFK to face a Columbus Crew SC team who was reeling in their own right. The Crew rolled out a new formation, frustrated the Black-and-Red players and faithful en route to a 2-0 win which left D.C. winless and goalless.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC Community/Site Player Ratings

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We unpack the unpleasantness.

D.C. United was hoping to get some sort of result in a place (Yankee Stadium) they hadn't against a team (New York City FC) opening up a stadium for another team the previous week. But the 4-0 loss showed several different things of concern for fans, perhaps things beyond what could be dismissed as a one-off rout.

D.C. United vs. Sporting KC Community/Site Player Ratings

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We wrap up, pack up, and move on from Saturday.

D.C. United opened up the last opening game of their time at RFK Stadium against Sporting Kansas City with big aspirations and thoughts of a win with a bunch of goals scored being a formality were on many minds. So when a scoreless draw occurred naturally there was cause for some disappointment.

Philadelphia Union

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/19/17

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Alberg wants to stay, Hamid wants to leave, and Donovan to run US Soccer?

Philadelphia Union News

Roland Alberg says he'd like to remain with Philadelphia Union
What do you, the fans think?

Philadelphia Union issues vague statement about Bethlehem Steel's future
Statement says the club is "committed to our goal of a long-term future in the Lehigh Valley" but not whether the team will play next season.

Bill Hamid at the Gold Cup, US Open Cup, and Montreal Impact: Filibuster podcast

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The games can't stop, won't stop

Adam rejoins Ben and Jason, which is good because there is a metric ton of soccer about which to talk. We take the games against Atlanta United and the Philadelphia Union as a compare and contrast. We talk about the expected goals in each game and how they indicate some signs of life, but also talk about how it still isn't nearly good enough yet.

Major League Soccer

MLS, USMNT, NWSL, Bundesliga, & more: Freedom Kicks for 6/20/17

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Plus: a special appearance by a very special animal.

Happy Tuesday! I've got a full slate for you all today, so let's get to it.

DC United's Star Muslim Goalie Balances Faith with Soccer | VOA

Brief profile on our man Bill Hamid.

World Cup status more secure, U.S. soccer shifts attention toward Gold Cup | The Washington Post

Some of Goff's thoughts on what Bruce Arena's Gold Cup roster may look like.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 5)

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In a week where Major League Soccer's goalkeeping was pretty abysmal, Bill Hamid was a ray of sunshine in a storm of blunders.

The D.C. United goalkeeper was outstanding on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union, making several highlight-reel saves to earn his team its first win of the year, and secure a place on SBI's MLS Best XI for Week 5.

Zack Steffen

Fantasy Focus: 20+ Crew

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Columbus midfielders ftw

With a score of 174 points, Vandelay Industries led the league. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.1) posted two assists and 28 points to lead the team. Meanwhile, Justin Meram (CLB, $10.2) added a goal to his two assists for 20 points, and Joe Bendik (ORL, $5.1) earned two clean sheets and 18 points.

Fantasy Focus: Houston, we have a ProbLAm

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Another week, another split

It was ShowtimeJR who led the round with a score of 84 points. Erick Torres (HOU, $8.7) wore the armband and scored 32 points with a hat trick to lead the team. Kevin Molino (MIN, $9.9) added a goal to two assists for 15 points, and Diego Valeri (POR, $10.3) scored a goal and 10 points.