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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Pat Onstad
Progress, Bill Hamid observes, is relative. And at 21 years old, the D.C. United goalkeeper is neither satisfied nor disconcerted by his evolution as a player.
Josh Wolff still is adjusting to his career's current duality. The part of a player-coach, he's come to learn, isn't one easily grasped. It takes time, awareness and an open mind.
Pat Onstad is, by anyone's measure, one of the all-time great goalkeepers in MLS, a decorated figure whose playing career was dotted with an enviable collection of championships and individual accolades.
Joe Willis was, as D.C. United coach Ben Olsen worded it, a "question mark."
Listed at 6 feet 3 inches, 225 pounds, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid presents an imposing figure between the posts. The shot-stopper's reputation as a fiery, vocal competitor who wears his emotion on his sleeve only enhances the effect.
Zack Schilawski scored his first goal of the season and Shalrie Joseph converted a penalty kick to lead the New England Revolution to a 2-1 win over D.C. United on Saturday.
D.C. United assistant coach Pat Onstad is coming out of retirement because the club is in need of healthy goalkeepers.
Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad has retired to take an assistant coaching job at D.C United.
"He really wanted to succeed in the Olympics, maybe a tad too much in the sense that he put added pressure on himself," said assistant coach Pat Onstad, who mentors United's goalkeepers. "At this stage in the season, he's definitely put that behind him."
Although Onstad said he still is working on communication with Hamid, he lauded his pupil for providing an authoritative enough presence to hold together an injury-riddled back line.