While Tim Howard is the starting goalkeeper for the USMNT, the back-up spot has shifted from Brad Guzan to Bill Hamid since Jurgen Klinsmann became the man in the charge despite Hamid’s lack of caps with the USMNT. That all changed on Saturday as Klinsi decided to start the 21-year-old between the sticks.
Hamid didn’t have much action throughout the 90-plus minutes, saving the only shot on goal by Venezuela, but he did enough to earn a clean sheet in his first appearance, something that has happened only eight other times in USMNT history.
You have to go back to 2006 with Matt Reis for the last time someone was able to pull off the feat before Hamid on Saturday. USMNT mainstays, Tim Howard and Brad Friedel, are also among the nine guys. And of the eight previous guys, only Jeff Duback earned a clean sheet in his second appearance (0-0 draw to Ecuador on June 12, 1988).
For those few people curious for the debuts of other “main” goalkeepers over the recent years.
You might see that the US won 4-0 in Guzan’s debut, but he was subbed out with 11 minutes left to play for Zach Wells, so he did not earn the clean sheet. That sort of sucks, although Bruce Arena was also giving Wells his first cap ever as well.
At 21 years and roughly two months old, Hamid was the second-youngest goalkeeper to post a clean sheet for the US according to Ives. Tony Meola recorded a shutout when he was 20 years and three months old in 1989.
And according to Peter Hirdt, Klinsmann was only the second USMNT head coach to start the same keeper (Tim Howard) in each of his first seven games before Hamid broke that streak with his start. The other duo was Bora Milutinovic/Tony Meola as Bora started Meola in each of his first ten games as head coach.