As first reported by Steve Goff, D.C. United and US Men’s national team goalkeeper Bill Hamid had surgery on his right knee on Monday. We can further confirm that Hamid had arthroscopic surgery on the knee, which he aggravated during preparations for the national team camp. This is the same knee that he had surgery on last preseason, which kept him out until late May; this time, however, he should only be out for approximately 6 weeks, which places his recovery time right about the start of the season.
Travis Worra is the primary backup for Hamid, having beaten out Andrew Dykstra last year; Dykstra was selected in the Re-Entry Draft by Sporting Kansas City. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Worra start the first game or two and Hamid gets back to full strength, as Ben Olsen trusted him last year and Worra earned that trust.
Behind Worra, former US youth national team goalkeeper Charlie Horton and recent draft pick Eric Klenofsky are vying for the third spot. According to MLS before the draft, Klenofsky had signed a contract with the league; however, according to Goff, he he would need to earn a contract this preseason.
Update: Through a spokesperson, United has confirmed MLSsoccer.com’s report that Klenofsky signed an MLS contract prior to the 2017 SuperDraft.
Get will soon, Bill!