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Hamid said he eventually wants “to do big things” - most notably, become the next U.S. national team goalkeeper. Having signed a new contract with United in March, he hopes to turn such lofty ambition into reality while making his mark in D.C.

“I still think I have a lot to prove [to the coaches and front office],” Hamid said. “I want to leave 100 percent confidence and faith in their minds, from today until the end of my contract, that I can be the guy to lead. I want to be the guy in goal every single day, every single game.”

NOTE: Tickets for the July 30 game between Manchester United and FC Barcelona at FedEx Field will go on sale Thursday at 9 a.m. via Ticketmaster.