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Bill Hamid's latest injury setback is the most frustrating

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

2017 Update: He's done the exact same thing. This applies doubly now with a new manager in charge.


A knee injury suffered during training camp has forced goalkeeper Bill Hamid to withdraw from the United States men's national team roster. This is just another setback in the USMNT career of the 25-year-old.

This January camp and subsequent friendlies against Iceland and Canada were supposed to be Hamid's moments to shine. He was the most experienced goalkeeper on the roster and surely would have started both matches. It would've been his big opportunity to prove to Jurgen Klinsmann that he deserves a chance to supplant struggling veterans Tim Howard and Brad Guzan on the depth chart. Instead, he's forced off the roster and is replaced by the Chicago Fire's Sean Johnson.

For as talented as Hamid is, his high frequency of injuries is very worrisome. This is just the latest instance in which Hamid has missed USMNT chances due to injury. With Guzan and Howard both having their fair share of issues at the club level, a great performance in this camp would have done wonders for his standing in Klinsmann's eyes so it's frustrating to see him miss out on that huge chance.

In goalkeeper years, he's still just beginning his prime years, so it's not like this will be his last chance to prove himself. There's no doubt that Hamid has the natural ability to one day become the USMNT's starting goalkeeper, the question now becomes can he stay healthy enough to ever get the job?