David Bingham Breaks Into USMNT Pool with Clean Sheet Win Against Canada
After years of hard work and dedication, Castro Valley native David Bingham has broken into the US Mens National Team player pool. Growing up in the East Bay, Bingham played for Mustang United and then eventually for Cal-Berkeley. Bingham signed a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer in 2011, and the Earthquakes were able to acquire his rights through a weighted lottery. Since then, he has spent time on loan playing for the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL, and also Strømmen IF of Norway.
However, it wasn’t until last year that Bingham got significant playing time with the Earthquakes first team. With the departure of veteran GK Jon Busch, and the first ever season at Avaya Stadium on the horizon, Bingham had a big chance to make an impact on the team he grew up a fan of. Bingham started every league game, made 105 saves, and had a Goals Against Average of 1.15. He also led the team to 12 clean sheets, a team record.
On Friday night, Bingham got the opportunity showcase his talent with the US Mens National Team against Canada in Los Angeles. Canada’s lack of major scoring chances kept meant Bingham wasn’t facing much pressure, but he did make a few key saves. Bingham was calm in goal, did a good job of distributing the ball to get the attack started, and also looked confident and aggressive when he needed to be.
It wasn’t until the 89th minute that the win was solidified for Bingham, where Ethan Finlay played a beautiful ball to Jozy Altidore who headed it in to put the US up 1-0 late in the game.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) February 6, 2016
According to a sjearthquakes.com article, USMNT boss Jurgen Klinssman felt that David “really had a good game.” He also added that Bingham “seemed calm from the beginning, but also alert. He was sharp. He was quick in whatever he did.”
With a successful January camp behind him and a bright USMNT future ahead of him, Bingham now turns his focus to Earthquakes preseason in Tuscon, Arizona, where the Quakes are winless in two games. And who knows, maybe Bingham will be the first USMNT keeper to have nice hair.