In news that will surprise no D.C. United fans, Bill Hamid has been called up by Juergen Klinsmann for their last friendlies of 2014. On Friday, November 14, the USMNT will take on Colombia in at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC in London. On November 18, the team will travel to Ireland for the first time since 2002 to take on the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. While I am fine with Brad Guzan, the current number one keeper, getting some time, I would love to see Hamid get some minutes too this time around.
Hamid has become a staple of these post-World Cup teams, along with Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando. Rounding out the goalkeeper lineup for this camp, however, is Sean Johnson of the Chicago Fire. This is Johnson's first call up in a couple of matches, and brings back the competition between the two young US keepers for the third spot behind Guzan and Rimando. And, in all likelihood, these two are actually competing for the second spot behind Guzan for the 2018 World Cup, with Rimando unlikely to make that trip and with Tim Howard still a giant question mark. And, as much as we may not like, this may also be a chance for teams abroad to get a closer look at Hamid to see if there might be a move this winter.
The full roster is below, with notable players like Jordan Morris and Miguel Ibarra joining the team as well.
U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION - DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)