Who Is Bill Hamid? Everything You Need To Know About The D.C. United Legend

Bill Hamid

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Born on November 25th 1990, Bill Hamid is one of the best goalkeepers in Major League Soccer. His journey from aspiring star to MLS veteran is simply sensational…

They say everything happens for a reason and D.C. United fans will be forever grateful that Hamid’s potential move to Scottish Premiership giants Celtic fell through.

Prior to joining D.C. United, Hamid was linked with a move to Celtic but a work permit issue prevented the switch – it’s fair to say that worked out well for D.C. in the end.

Hamid went on to enjoy a successful MLS career, inspiring D.C. United to compete at the highest level of the sport across the United States.

Early Years At D.C. United

Hamid was scouted by the D.C. United Academy at a young age and he became the first player from the youth setup to sign for the first team in September 2009.

In May 2010, Hamid made his professional debut and in doing so, became the youngest goalkeeper in MLS history to win a league fixture.

The United States keeper broke Tim Howard’s record by four days but it was enough to grab attention from soccer fans around the world.

Hamid started 28 of United’s 34 games the following season, impressing D.C. United bosses while also attracting talk of an international callup.

Following his performances that season, Hamid went on a 10-day trial with Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

While a move across the Atlantic Ocean didn’t materialise, he earned invaluable experience during his brief stint at The Hawthorns and matured as a result.

In 2012, Hamid maintained his level of performance and was a key figure for D.C. United in 27 Major League Soccer matches throughout the campaign.

Hamid Takes Centre Stage

Having broken into the first team, Hamid became a pivotal figure for D.C. United – making over 200 appearances for the club during his initial stint at RFK Stadium.

Nowadays, D.C. United play in front of 20,000 spectators at Audi Field but Hamid played for the team before their move to the new arena.

In the 2012 MLS season, Hamid set a new record for most saves in a season (88) and he can be credited with the creation of catchphrase, “You can’t hold us back!”.

After he was sent off in the 2012 MLS playoffs against the New York Red Bulls, the D.C. United shot stopper was videoed screaming the phrase while pounding his chest.

Despite D.C. United crashing out of the postseason in the next round, the phrase stuck with supporters and it became a rallying cry around the ground in the following years.

D.C. United enjoyed plenty of success while Hamid was at the club, with the highlight being the 2013 U.S. Open Cup triumph.

Popular fan group Screaming Eagles presented Hamid with a free scarf with his catchphrase on – and he celebrated D.C. United’s triumph with this.

Facing fellow MLS goalkeeping legend Nick Rimando, Hamid helped D.C. United to clinch a 1-0 victory in the final to secure the club’s third title.

His performances helped D.C. United to finish top of the Eastern Conference in the regular season despite finishing rock bottom the previous year.

Hamid received individual recognition in 2014 as he was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year – a very proud moment for the United States star.

Failed Move To Midtjylland

Having spent over seven years and 184 Major League Soccer matches at D.C. United, Hamid pursued a move to Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland in January 2018.

A deal was agreed and Hamid made the switch to Denmark but he failed to make an impact at the club, appearing in just one Danish Superliga encounter.

Less than a year after agreeing to join Midtjylland, Hamid had returned to D.C. United on a loan deal. In total, he made just three appearances in Denmark.

Midtjylland won the Danish Superliga title that year but the United States keeper failed to make a substantial contribution, conceding seven goals in his three first team games.

In fact, Hamid struggled to get gametime with the Midtjylland reserve team – having to sit behind 19-year-old Oliver Ottesen for the majority of his tenure at the club.

At the end of the 2018 MLS season, D.C. United signed Hamid on a permanent contract and he remains a key figure at Audi Field to this day.

In December 2019, D.C. United announced that they had agreed a three-year deal with the Danish Superliga outfit, with Hamid officially returning for a fee of $750,000.

Mixed Bag For Hamid At International Level

Hamid was a huge hit for the United States at under-18 and under-20 level and he always looked destined to break into the national team.

In October 2009, Hamid was invited to train with the United States senior team but he had to wait nearly three years before making his international debut.

However, he seized his opportunity at the first time of asking – keeping a clean sheet in the 1-0 victory over Venezuela in January 2012.

The result meant that Hamid became only the ninth United States goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet on his debut, and that certainly went down well with soccer fans.

US coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced that Hamid was included in the squad for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup but he had to sit on the side-lines throughout.

Hamid eventually made his second international appearance in a 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in 2014, conceding four goals on that occasion.

Three years later, Hamid was called up once again for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and he received a second winner’s medal as the United States emerged victorious.

The D.C. United legend played his first competitive match for the US on July 15th 2017 and he kept another shutout in a 3-0 victory that ensured top spot in the group.

International call-ups have been hard to come by in recent times but he did earn two caps in 2020, playing in victories over Costa Rica and El Salvador.

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