D.C. United have acquired goalkeeper Bill Hamid on a year-and-a-half loan from Danish top-tier side FC Midtjylland pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC). The goalkeeper rejoins the Black-and-Red after departing for the Danish club at the conclusion of the 2017 season.
“Bill moved to FC Midtjylland at the end of last year and it was an important step in his personal and professional development. He’s a major part of the fabric of this club with his local ties, Homegrown history and on-field accomplishments so bringing him back on loan is a great acquisition as we make a push for playoffs at Audi Field," United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations Dave Kasper said. “He’s a leader on and off the field and we’re excited to welcome him back to the club he worked tirelessly for over eight seasons.”
Hamid made club history as United’s first Homegrown Player when he signed with the first team on Sept. 2, 2009, after joining the academy in 2007. The 27-year-old made his full debut the following season and became the youngest goalkeeper in MLS history to win a match when United defeated the Kansas City Wizards 2-1 on May 5, 2010. Over the course of his eight-year tenure with United, Hamid set club records in starts (184), minutes (16,269), wins (66), saves (642) and shutouts (49). In 2014, Hamid was nominated as an MLS All-Star, selected to the MLS Best XI and was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
The Annandale, VA, native made his United States Men’s National Team debut in a 1-0 win over Venezuela on January 22, 2012. Hamid has earned six caps for the USMNT (three shutout performances) and was a part of the 18-man roster that won the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2013 and 2017.
In 2018, Hamid made three appearances for FC Midtjylland after making his debut for the club on April 12, 2018 in the 2-1 (AET) win against Hobro IK in Denmark’s domestic cup, DBU Landspokal.
Player: Abdul Bilal “Bill” Hamid
Birthplace: Annandale, VA
Weight: 225 lbs
Previous Club: FC Midtjylland
Transaction: United acquire goalkeeper Bill Hamid on a year-and-a-half loan from FC Midtjylland of the Danish Superliga pending receipt of his ITC.