It’s no secret that D.C. United’s goalkeeper is one of the best in the league, well technically the best until the crown is taken away from him. He was dubbed the Allstate goalkeeper of the year, tallying 14 wins last season with 10 shutouts.
Hamid’s been just as amazing this season, the only negative being something he couldn’t help. Injuries. He’s missed several games this season, playing in 20 of the teams 29 matches this year. Still, he’s posted a ridiculous 79% save rate while giving up just 0.95 goals a game. There’s been several contests, including last week, that showcased his dominance.
The United States Mens National team will be participating in the CONCACAF Cup 2015, on October 10 they’ll be facing Mexico in Pasedena, California at the Rose Bowl. The preliminary 35-man roster has been submitted to CONCACAF and Hamid was one of the four keepers named to the team. He’ll be joining Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, and Nick Romando.
As for Kofi Opare, yesterday he signed a multi-year extension to remain in D.C. to play for the Black-and-Red. The third year defender has started a career-high 14 games this season, stepping in for Steven Birnbaum while he was out and playing in a few contests outside of MLS play. The physical centre back is a good young piece, the decision to retain him had to be close to a no-brainer.
No one knows just how much time Bobby Boswell has left in his career and Kofi would be ready to step right in and grow with Birnbaum going forward. If Boswell is still here, retaining Opare provides great depth with no drop off in play.
Champions League Update
The Black-and-Red finished Group play at the top, winning every game in the round. They wrapped it up last night with a 2-0 win over Aribe Unido, Connor Doyle and Jared Jeffery scored for United. They’ll continue play in this tournament in 2016, United used the same 14 players in the three group games. Speaking volume to their depth as the only regular starter that played last night was Steven Birnbaum.