WASHINGTON -- D.C. United announced the signing of 18-year-old goalkeeper Abdul "Bill" Hamid before Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup Final, making him the first member of D.C.'s youth academy directly signed by the first team.
Hamid, a native of nearby Annandale, Va., also has experience with the U18 and U20 United States national teams. He will not be elidgible for league matches until next season, per MLS rules, but could be used in other competitions this year, such as the ongoing CONCACAF Champions Cup.
He joins Josh Wicks and Milos Kocic at the goalkeeping position.
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