Bill Hamid is currently the starting goalkeeper for DC United in MLS. Josh Gatt is earning his place in the starting eleven at Molde FK in Norway. The sky is the literally the limit for both of these young talents.
Hamid has a hero from my childhood as a personal coach in Pat Onstad, a great technical goalkeeper and generally just all-round great dude. Molde FK is managed by former Manchester United star Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer, the baby-faced assassin, who has strong ties to his former club having managed the reserve team there for a number of years.
On Thursday, new United States Mens’ National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called Hamid up for his first ever senior team squad. In my prediction (to be published very soon), Hamid is going up against Chicago Fire starter Sean Johnson for the starting goalkeeper spot for the 2012 Olympics in London. Johnson already got his senior cap by featuring against Chile in late January as a second half substitute.
Josh Gatt forwent college and signed a professional contract in Europe at the age of 18. Solsjkaer rates the speedy winger very highly and for good reason as Gatt is coming up big for his club recently. Several rubbish reports, and a few reputable ones, mention his manager recommending Gatt to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. This would be the biggest story since Danny Karbassiyoon almost made it at Arsenal.