MNT and became the ninth goalkeeper to earn a shutout in his
The U.S. Men’s National Team opened 2012 with a 1-0 victory over Venezuela on Saturday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. With the new year also came the debut of 21-year-old goalkeeper Bill Hamid, a U.S. Soccer Development Academy alum.
“The first couple of minutes of the game, I’m not going to lie – butterflies were flying,” Hamid said. “But once I realized the guys are doing well and the guys are feeling comfortable, it gave me a little bit of confidence back there to be able to settle down and play from my feet and do what I need to do.”
The U.S. defense helped facilitate Hamid’s debut as Venezuela put only one shot on goal throughout the night. The D.C. United goalkeeper became the ninth goalkeeper in U.S. history to earn a shutout in his first game.
“They did extremely well holding the fort down. No solid looks at goal,” Hamid said of his defense. “Everything was real organized and in real good shape so hats off to the whole team. It was a great effort.
Hamid had some noteworthy moments in the match, particularly an aggressive step-up to punch the ball away over two Venezuelan players in the 34th minute, and the start of a quick counter attack in the 64th minute to continue the team’s game-long offensive push.
Before joining the U.S. MNT for its January camp, Hamid spent a trial with Premier League club West Bromwich Albion in late October and early November 2011.