WASHINGTON — Bill Hamid is headed back to Washington. D.C. United acquired its homegrown goalkeeper Wednesday on loan from Danish club FC Midtjylland.
The loan agreement is for a year and a half, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. Hamid went to Europe less than a year ago to start for an international club, but he made only three appearances in 2018. Hamid started 193 times for United.
“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,” United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a statement released by the club. “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 headlines last season when rumblings of his departure rippled through the nation’s capital. At 26, the United States men’s national team member decided it was time to make the move to Europe, leaving United to rely on then-new signee Steve Clark. The club also acquired goalkeeper David Ousted during the offseason.
Last week, United recalled Travis Worra from United Soccer League affiliate Richmond Kickers. Ousted and Worra traveled to Montreal, while Clark stayed back. Ousted has started 16 of 19 games this season for United.
Hamid will arrive in D.C. before its home match Sunday against Orlando City SC.
Hamid’s transfer news comes just hours before the close of Major League Soccer’s secondary transfer window. Last year, United made major moves to build a scoring presence by acquiring Paul Arriola, Zoltan Stieber, Bruno Miranda and Russell Canouse in the last days of the window.
This season, United added more scoring prowess with the addition of Wayne Rooney. D.C. has scored 30 goals this season. Conversely, the club has conceded 36 goals. In addition to Hamid, United signed defender Vytautas Andriuskevicius from the Portland Timbers in exchange for $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money.
“Vytas is a defender who fits our profile at full back,” United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a club statement. “He has the technical and athletic ability to get forward and join the attack, while also possessing the defensive attributes that will add to the group.”
Before the 27-year-old left back played in MLS, he spent time at SC Cambuur in Holland, Lechia Gdansk in Poland, and Djurgardens IF in Sweden.
United can mathematically reach the 2018 playoffs, but the club has to put together an impressive stretch in its final 15 games, which included 12 matches at home, in order to do so. United is 11 points behind sixth-place team New England Revolution and has three games in hand.