D.C. United's Bill Hamid called back to U.S. national team

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,D.C. United,Craig Stouffer

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid will start 2013 the same way he did in 2012 -- with the U.S. national team. He was named to the 25-player roster for a camp that begins Monday ahead of a Jan. 27 friendly against Canada.

Hamid opened last season with his first U.S. start in a 1-0 win against Venezuela, but from there his international track stalled when he and the U.S. under-23 men's team surprisingly failed to qualify for the Olympics.

It may have been a blessing in disguise as Hamid, who also had to win his own job back with D.C. United, finished his third MLS season with the league's best save percentage (.786) and career bests in goals-against average (1.03), saves (88), shutouts (eight) and wins (13). He also got his first postseason experience as D.C. United returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. It's a solid foundation to propel the 22-year-old into 2013.

United midfielder Chris Pontius didn't get a call from the U.S. But an intense, conditioning-heavy environment is the last thing he needs after suffering a groin injury in the playoffs.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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