“Unfortunately I’m getting more shots than I hope and having to make more saves than I want. But that’s part of the game and if that’s my role this year, I’ve said it before, I’m ready to take that on.”- Steph Labbé
His love for the game started at a young age. His father, Sully Hamid, started Premier Athletics Club, which serviced youth teams in which Bill featured. Bill is top left, holding a trophy in the picture below.
Growing up, Bill often towered over his peers and those older than him. Here he is playing goalkeeper against kids two years his senior.
In addition to starring for youth clubs, Bill and his father regularly attended D.C. United games. From his spot in the stands, Bill saw a bright future for himself.
When Bill was 18, D.C. United signed him straight out of high school, making him their first Homegrown signing.
At 19-years-old, Bill broke Tim Howard’s record as the youngest goalkeeper in MLS history to make a start.
Bill’s meteoric rise continued when, in 2011, he recorded his first USMNT start, a shutout to boot.
In 2013, Bill faced his biggest professional test to date - featuring for a D.C. United squad that recorded the worst season in MLS history. After such a rough campaign, Bill’s focus became reclaiming the pride of a city. 2014 became a remarkable year, both on the team and individual ends.
you know how at your local pickup games everyone has ironic nicknames? like the hulking bodybuilder is known as TIny and your 5′0″ kid brother is called Stretch and that poor gal who will forever be known as KnockOut because that one time she ran into a post and momentarily lost consciousness.
I’m gonna throw Ashlyn ‘NoBigDeal’ Harris into the nickname hat. cuz reasons.