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Two American Goalkeeping Prospects Set Sights Abroad
Washington Post, May 27th, 2009 2:30PM

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Abdul Hamid and Samir Badr, two goalkeepers in the D.C. United development program, are among the nation's top goalkeeping prospects in the country. Both teenagers look poised to ink deals with European clubs this summer.

Hamid, on the U-18 team, stands 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. Hamid's size and talent have had him on the national radar for nearly five years. His father, Sully Hamid, a Sierra Leone native, is president of Premier Athletics Club, a youth soccer organization that had Hamid playing with kids older than him since he was 4. Badr, a flashier goalkeeper, is an under-17 national pool player who also plays for Robinson High School in Fairfax, Va.

Hamid has had two trials with Celtic and nearly inked a reserve deal with the Scottish club before issues with a work visa got in the way. "Stepping on [the field] with players like [Shunsuke] Nakamura, one of the best free-kick takers in the world, it was an amazing experience," Hamid said. "I actually vomited on the very first day I walked onto the field. Not even probably 10 minutes after I walked on. I was young, I was kind of scared." His nerves now more settled, Hamid has had trials with three other European clubs this spring. Badr recently returned from a training stint with two Portuguese clubs, FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon, and said he is set to sign a reserve contract with Porto this week.

 

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