D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid will be out for two to three months after undergoing left hand surgery on June 30.
The procedure worked to repair the traumatic rupture of a distal intermetacarpal ligament.
With Hamid’s recovery timeline slating a return to goal in late September, D.C. United is expected to lean on goalkeeper Rafael Romo. The Venezuelan international joined in late April after completing a transfer from OH Leuven in the Belgian first division.
Jon Kempin will likely remain as a backup for interim head coach Chad Ashton.
Hamid’s injuries limited his playing time to just 10 games this year, last appearing before the June international window on May 28. He stands as one of the team’s most experienced players, managing 279 regular-season appearances since his debut in 2010.
This comes as yet another blow for the Eastern Conference team, who have seen a turbulent 2022 Major League Soccer campaign. The team saw a drastic coaching change ahead of week eight of the season, parting ways with Hernan Losada amid a four-game losing streak.
Players have since been vocal about Losada’s negative impact behind the scenes, causing confusion and turmoil in the locker room. Now, the Black-and-Red sit 13th in the Eastern Conference standings with 17 points in 16 games and a record of 5W-9L-2D record.
The team returns to action on Friday when visiting the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park.