U.S. Men's Olympic Team

Hamid out 1-3 weeks with ankle knock


photo by Jose L. Argueta/ISIphotos.com

Bill Hamid is expected to miss the next one to three weeks with the ankle injury he picked up while with the U.S. Under-23 men's national team, D.C. United announced on Thursday.

MRI results revealed the 21-year-old goalkeeper suffered a ligament sprain and bone contusions to his left ankle in the first half of the U.S. team's 3-3 draw with El Salvador on Monday, a result that knocked the Americans out of Olympic qualifying.

"I tried to test it by jumping, moving side to side, doing some high knees right there on the field," said Hamid. "But once I did it there was no doubt in my mind that I would do nothing but hurt the team by staying on."

Hamid, who was replaced by Sean Johnson in the 39th minute of the tie, trained with D.C. United on Thursday for the first time since sustaining the injury. He was on the exercise bike while his teammates trained on the field.

Should Hamid be out of action for three weeks, he will miss games versus FC Dallas, the Seattle Sounders and New England Revolution. Backup goalkeeper Joe Willis is expected to start in Hamid's place.

What do you make of Hamid being out one to three weeks? Think United will win without Hamid in the lineup?

Share your thoughts below.

  • mangoman

    Hamid is soooooooooooooo overrated. Willis is better. He bouces around and thrashes about to make ordinary saves look spectacular. Did you see his dopey leap on ES first goal??? OMG


  • jb

    If he knew that quickly how bad his injury was, why didnt he and the trainer make that known so he could have been subbed off sooner?! That second ES goal never happens with a keeper who isnt gimpy. I do feel for him and hope he’s tough enough mentally to move past this. Cant help but be concerned about the next generation of keepers.


  • fifawitz1313

    It’s unfair that I have so much contempt for this guy right now, but I do.


  • Rory

    He isn’t alone in it, in fact I think he deserves less blame than some others. Even Freddy Adu, who was praised to high heavens for trying a bit in the second half, deserves some blame. He had two perfect opportunities with the ball landing at his right foot in the box but never got a shot off as he tried to switch it to his left foot both times ala every high school player ever, and of course the defenders shut him down and no shot was ever taken. A couple great crosses late in the game, but if he’d taken his chances and scored early that game could have been put to bed early.


  • JMart

    wish he had made that decision after he got hurt…or at least after the first goal.


  • George

    I tell you what, i don’t care how long he is out. Iam just wondering when he is going ot make a move over the pond to the Premier League. He is good enough to play over here, and i don’t see it being long until we see this qualtiy keeper over here.


  • @badwolfdc

    Caleb had Johnson warming up as soon as the trainers reported that Hamid could not go..if you look at the replay you can see him warming up on the sideline – a bizarre series of events, the injury, Johnson warming up, 2 quick goals followed by Hamid subbing out, all in a 10 min span – you could argue that the coach didn’t respond fast enough, IMHO the process was correct and its just a sh#t happens moment.


  • Helium-3

    No team is going to let a youngster like Hamid walk straight into their 1st team. Look at Guzan; he’s no slouch either but still waiting to take the #1 spot. If he goes to the EPL today, he will wait because he’s not ready. If he joined a bottom of the table then he might get a shot but no team like top 6 or 8 would let a young, inexperienced gk walk in.


  • abc

    What kind of ankle injury is bad enough to put you out 1-3 weeks but not bad enough that the coach pulls you from the game until you have were limping around and gave up two goals in the span of two minutes?


  • JG13

    This was likely an issue of adrenaline mixed with Hamid’s desire to play in the match. If he was a field player, he would have come off the field for a minute or so and the trainer/coach/player could have made the correct decision to make the change. Being a keeper, he should have stayed on the ground a lot longer, so the proper decision could be made.

    Do not underestimate the pain killing power adrenaline provides – I once broke 2 fingers playing a pick-up game of tackle football and had no idea of the extent of the injury, until I sat out for about 10 minutes and my fingers swelled from pencil thin into bratwursts.


  • Juan

    “I tried to test it by jumping, moving side to side, doing some high knees right there on the field,” said Hamid. “But once I did it there was no doubt in my mind that I would do nothing but hurt the team by staying on.”

    Too little too late. Two goals in one minute did hurt the team….it killed them


  • Polo

    Yeah? Hurt the team?

    You didn’t just hurt the team, you took a javelin and impaled them.


  • sandtrout

    It’s the coach’s and staff’s job to judge for the player whether he’s really fit to continue. Hamid looked quite hurt even on TV, so why couldn’t Porter & Co. see that and override Hamid’s adrenaline?


  • sandtrout

    Then I want the trainer to make the right decision instead of the wrong decision.


  • Alex G

    Great news for the USMNT, don´t ever wear the red, white and blue punk, you are so overrated.


  • Shant

    I knew how bad it was, and I was watching on crappy Universal SD.

    It is Porter’s fault for not subbing him out earlier


  • Ritchie

    Caleb Porter is overrated. He leaves out a smoking hot Joe Corona in a critical game, then he leaves in an obviously injured GK that shouldn’t have been the starter to begin.

    Sean Johnson was awful on the winner, but maybe he gets that one with a little more playing time. Johnson is the more accomplished keeper.


  • marco

    Like many moments during the match, the players and coach were not tournament savvy. Hamid has to stay down for four or five minutes to bring staff onto the pitch.


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