We're spending the first month or so of the D.C. United offseason grading each player on the roster with an approval rating. A vote for APPROVE means you were satisfied with the player's performance and want to see him back in D.C. next season. A vote for DISAPPROVE means you want United to move on without him. There is no middle ground, so please leave salary and contract implications out of your decision.
If there's one player who came a long way for D.C. United during the 2011 season, it's goalkeeper Bill Hamid. In just 24 months, he's gone from a DCU Academy player, to the club's first ever homegrown player, to overtaking the best goalkeeper in club history for the starting job, to U.S. National Team player. What's next for the 21-year old?
How about being an elite MLS goalkeeper? How about having a GAA that is among the 10 best in the league? How about learning enough body control to not give up an unnecessary penalty kick or earn a red card?
Hamid's star is rising perhaps faster than any other player's in the country, but he still has a way to go. He's a great shot-stopper, his decision-making is very good for a player of his age, and his physical attributes are unmatched. If Hamid can cut out a few mental errors and apply those skills all at once, he really might be the heir to Tim Howard.
As for Hamid with United, having a higher quality back line in front of him sure would help.