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As a youth, Hamid passed through the RFK Stadium turnstiles and watched United dominate the early days of MLS as a four-time champion and perennial playoff squad.

Now in his fourth campaign, the United academy product still hasn’t seen the postseason as a player. But with United (15-10-6) holding the fourth of five Eastern Conference playoff bids entering Saturday’s match at Toronto FC (5-19-7), the third-to-last game of the season, Hamid feels it’s time to take that long-awaited step forward in his growth.

“Rome isn’t built in a day,” Hamid said. “You have to continue grinding, continue training and doing the right things to get your game to where it needs to be. And I’m still far off from where it needs to be — very, very far off. But I’m happy with the progress I’m making and the focus I’m putting into every single day.”