Sep 17, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT
Some goalkeeper saves are highly meaningful. Some are athletic and accomplished from a physical performance standpoint.
So, what about the towering stops that qualify on both accounts? Don’t they deserve special recognition?
Bill Hamid has had a few ups and downs this year, as all young goalkeepers will. But D.C. United’s 21-year-old starter was up for the job Saturday, and spectacularly so.
Hamid had five saves in D.C. United’s 2-1 win over New England, a clear “must have” around RFK, where playoff hopes are on the ropes due to the club’s modest record and Dwayne De Rosario’s season-ending injury.
So they’ll need a special performance from someone each night out – perhaps from more than one. Hamid did his bit Saturday. That number of five saves Saturday at RFK Stadium was nothing remarkable in itself.
But three of them came in the final few minutes as New England pressed boldly forward and United’s defense scrambled nervously to deal with it all. New England was clearly determined to make things tough on its old Eastern seaboard rivals, never mind if the Revs have been eliminated themselves.
But Hamid was determined to keep his team in the playoff chase. And he did.
Watch Hamids’ two saves in rapid succession below. It’s the best 41 seconds of goalkeeping you’ll see this week.
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