Hamid wins Goalkeeper of the Year; Morales takes home Newcomer award

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by RYAN BRISTER
Staff Writer

Major League Soccer announced two more award winners today. Bill Hamid, the DC United keeper, won Goalkeeper of the Year. Vancouver midfielder Pedro Morales was voted Newcomer of the Yer

It was a breakout season for Bill Hamid, who just turned 24 in November. Hamid posted 10 clean sheets in his 30 games, a key reason why DC United allowed the fewest goals in MLS. He saved 110 of the 146 shots he faced, and his 75% save percentage was the best in the league for a goalkeeper who started at least half of his teams games. Hamid becomes the youngest keeper to win the award since Brad Guzan in 2007. His performances this season earned him call-ups to the USMNT in the absence of Tim Howard, who also won Goalkeeper of the Year at a young age.

Hamid finished first in the voting among both clubs and the media, but was just behind Nick Rimando in the player vote. Rimando had the best goals against average in MLS, but missed a significant number of games while with the national team. Despite holding the all-time record for shutouts, Rimando has never won Goalkeeper of the Year. Finishing in a distant third and fourth were Columbus’ Steve Clark and LA’s Jaime Pinedo.

Pedro Morales was the runaway winner of Newcomer of the Year. Morales came to Vancouver from Malaga in Spain, and had a great first season in MLS with 10 goals and 12 assists. He won all three categories of the voting. Jermaine Jones, who joined the Revolution in August, finished second. Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki finished third, and Dallas’ Andres Escobar was fourth.

MLS MVP will be announced later this afternoon.