D.C. United and U.S. men's national team goalkeeper Bill Hamid will miss the next 4-6 months after suffering a torn right meniscus in U.S. January camp, the MLS club announced on Thursday.
Hamid, who would have been a potential starter against Iceland and/or Canada in friendlies at the end of camp, underwent successful surgery by the U.S. national team's doctor and will miss the opening months of the MLS season. He was replaced at U.S. camp by Chicago Fire's Sean Johnson.
The loss is a big one for D.C., as Hamid has been finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year the last two seasons, winning the award in 2014. He finished runner-up to New York's Luis Robles and Vancouver's David Ousted in 2015. D.C.'s current goalkeepers are Andrew Dykstra and Travis Worra as the club commences preseason training.
Hamid started 25 games last season, earning eight clean sheets.