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Bill Hamid Gets A Taste of the U.S. MNT

Former U.S. Soccer Development Academy goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who played for the D.C. United Academy and spent time with the U.S. Under-18 and U.S. U-20 MNTs, was invited to train with the U.S. Men's National Team on Sunday and Monday. It's a practice that's common when the Men's National Team holds training camp. Local goalkeepers, usually from an area professional team will often provide their shotstopping services for a session or two (it never hurts to have an extra person willing to throw themselves in front of a 30-yard piledriver). After manning the nets for the U-17/18 Academy team that compiled a 20-4-5 record and was a finalist at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week, Hamid joined the D.C. United first team in a signing announced at a press conference before the 2009 U.S. Open Cup Final. Hamid took time after training to answer a few short questions for

On the transition from the Development Academy to D.C. United:
Bill Hamid: “From the Development Academy to the professional level is a big step. You got a lot of talented players in the Development Academy, a lot of promising athletes but at the same time, the professional level is completely different. The atmosphere is completely different, the speed of play. The transition has been amazing. I’ve had a lot of support from the D.C. United staff. My family, I’m still in my hometown so my family. It’s been fun. I’ve been excited and the hard work, it’s good. I’ve been enjoying it.”

On how the Academy helped him develop and reach the professional level:
BH: “The Academy helped me a lot. Basically, what the Academy does is bring together the best talent in the country. When you bring that together, the level of your play rises. It prepared me even better than playing with just a regular club for the professional level. Fortunately I got that look and I signed.”

On being invited to train with the U.S. Men’s National Team for two days:
BH: “These past two days with them have just been amazing. When I got here yesterday, I thought about it and was like, he plays for West Ham and he plays for A.C. Milan and just thinking about that, and he’s already been to a World Cup, and just thinking about that and me being on the same field as they are, I’m thankful for the opportunity, really.”

On whether that motivates him:
BH: “Oh yeah. I’m praying that one day I get that call up. I can’t wait. That’s definitely even more of a reason to work hard every day to get to this level.”

On how he felt when he heard he was invited to training:
BH: “I woke up, I saw I had 11 missed calls and I checked the message. When I checked the message I wanted to completely tear up my room, I didn’t know what was going on. I’m more grateful that I’ve had this opportunity.”