WASHINGTON– D.C. United tied up an important loose end Monday by acquiring homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid on permanent transfer from Danish top-division side FC Midtjylland. United signed its starting goalkeeper to a three-year deal using targeted allocation money, the team announced.
“Bringing Bill back to the club in 2020 and beyond was a top priority for us this offseason,” United general manager Dave Kasper said in a team release. “Bill is a leader on and off the field and we’re excited to bring him back to the club that he has worked tirelessly for over the last 10 seasons. He is among the best goalkeepers in MLS and and he resonates with fans and the community, and we know he is going to be an important piece at the club for the foreseeable future.”
A native to the D.C. area, Hamid signed United’s first homegrown-player contract in 2009 as an 18-year-old. He made his first professional start eight months later, becoming the youngest goalkeeper in Major League Soccer history to win a regular-season game. The record was previously held by Tim Howard.
Prior to his move to Denmark in 2018, Hamid played 184 regular-season games for United. In October 2017, following failed negotiations over a new contract, Hamid signed with Midtjylland to test his talents abroad for the first time. Because he was out of contract with United, Hamid went to Europe on a free transfer.
Overseas, Hamid went from a guaranteed starter at Untied to sitting second string to Midtjylland starting goalkeeper Jesper Hansen. Hamid made just one league appearance in his six months with the club. In August 2018, Midjylland agreed to terms with United to have Hamid return stateside on a year-and-a-half loan. He started all but two regular season games upon his return to his hometown. United reportedly paid $750,000 in transfer fees to the Danish club for the permanent transfer, according to the Washington Post.
In a decade with United, Hamid has set club records for starts, minutes, wins, saves and shutouts. His accolades include a 2014 MLS All-Star nomination, MLS Best XI and Goalkeeper of the Year.