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A highlight reel of wonderful shot-stopping, including Andy Gruenebaum’s remarkable double save

Mar 24, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

Two goalkeepers at RFK Stadium compiled a highlight reel of outstanding saves. D.C. United’s Bill Hamid and the Columbus Crew’s Andy Gruenebaum kept the score down with brilliant shot-stopping in the Crew’s 2-1 win.

Hamid wasn’t always tip-tip in this one, as we told you about yesterday. But watch his late save off Dominic Oduro’s blast (never mind that the Crew forward would have been better to take this ball into the corner and kill some more clock):

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Here’s more of the good work from Hamid, who doesn’t always make the best choices on when to come collect balls or when to stray far off his line, beyond the penalty area, but whose raw shot-stopping is absolutely outstanding.

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Check out the agility Hamid shows on this one, a tougher save than it looks, even; Eddie Gaven has a lot of curl and top-spin on this ball as it drops with menace toward D.C. United goal:

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That kind of athletic ability is why Hamid has been a regular in U.S. national team camps over the last two years. He doesn’t have the experience to stand in goal internationally, but the U.S. staff certainly recognizes that all the ability in the world is there if he can just improve the decision-making.

But let’s not slight Gruenebaum’s role in yesterday prized collection of saves. His double save in the first half was simply outstanding, one of the top double jobbers you’ll see in MLS this year.

Oh, and watch United’s Dwayne De Rosario, the victim in this daylight robbery, graciously acknowledge his opponent’s wonderful work:

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  1. tylerbetts - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Steve, your anti-Crew/Anti-Andy bias is showing. The last two videos are the same – Hamid stopping Gaven.

  2. east96st - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I thought De Rosario’s gesture was on the classiest moves I have seen in sports this year. He knows he got robbed of a sure goal and congratulated Andy on an amazing save. De Rosario showed himself to be a true professional in every sense of the word. Nothing wrong with saying, “nice job” when the opponent makes an outstanding play.

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