Bill Hamid

Bilal "Bill" Abdul Hamid (/həˈmd/ hə-MEED; born November 25, 1990) is an American soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for D.C. United in Major League Soccer.

Bill Hamid
Hamid before an international match against Austria in November 2013.
(Photo: Simon Heseltine)
Personal information
Full name Bilal Hamid[1]
Date of birth (1990-11-25) November 25, 1990
Place of birth Annandale, Virginia, United States
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
D.C. United
Number 24
Youth career
2003–2007 Premier AC
2007–2009 D.C. United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2017 D.C. United 184 (0)
2018–2020 FC Midtjylland 1 (0)
2018–2019D.C. United (loan) 47 (0)
2020– D.C. United 0 (0)
National team
2008 United States U20 2 (0)
2012 United States U23 4 (0)
2012– United States 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 8, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 2, 2018

Born in Annandale, Virginia, Hamid was the first D.C. United Academy player to sign for the first team in September 2009. He made his professional debut in May 2010 as the youngest goalkeeper to win a game in Major League Soccer history. Hamid totalled 200 games for D.C. United, including 184 in the league. He helped the team to victory in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup and received the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2014. In January 2018 he joined FC Midtjylland, winning the Danish Superliga in his first season.

Hamid made his senior debut for the United States national team in January 2012. He was part of their teams that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2013 and 2017.



Hamid became the first D.C. United Academy player to sign with the first team on September 2, 2009.[3] Prior to signing with D.C. United, he was linked with a move to Celtic, until work permit issues derailed the move.[4]

He made his professional debut on May 5, 2010 in a game against the Kansas City Wizards.[5] With this win, Hamid became the youngest goalkeeper in MLS history, at 19 years 161 days, to win a regular season game, besting Tim Howard's record by four days.[6] Hamid started 28 of United's 34 games during the 2011 season.[7] He retained his starting spot during the 2012 season, making appearances in 27 matches.

After the 2011 regular season, Hamid began a 10-day trial on October 29, 2011 with English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion. He stayed with the club until November 7.[7][8]

In 2012, Hamid earned a record 88 saves in arguably his best season in MLS to date.[9] Despite Hamid being sent off with a red card during the 2012 playoffs in a match against the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United was able to come away with a win and advance to the next round. Hamid, emotional after seeing the win, was videotaped shirtless screaming "You can't hold us back" while pounding his chest.[10] The phrase became a rallying cry for D.C. United fans who organized a display featuring the quote. Although D.C. United failed to defeat their next challenger, the Houston Dynamo, the phrase stuck with the fans. For the 2013 season, the D.C. United fan group Screaming Eagles designed a scarf with the quote and presented Hamid with a free one.[11] D.C. United won the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the 100th edition of the competition. Hamid played the final, a 1–0 win at Real Salt Lake, having been deputized by Joe Willis in previous rounds.[12] In 2014, D.C. United finished top of the Eastern Conference in the regular season, having finished bottom the year before. Hamid won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award.[13]

At the end of the 2017 season, Hamid’s contract with D.C. United expired as the two sides failed to negotiate a new contract. On October 25, 2017, it was announced that Hamid had signed with Danish Superliga club FC Midtjylland valid from January 1, 2018.[14] He was back-up to Jesper Hansen in his first season, making only one league appearance on April 22 in a 3–3 draw at Aalborg, in which he made a mistake from a corner kick to give the opponents a 3–2 lead.[15] The "Wolves" finished the campaign as league champions.[16]

Hamid rejoined D.C. United on a year-and-a-half loan on August 8, 2018.[17]

On December 9, 2019, it was announced that Hamid had return to D.C. United on a permanent basis for a reported transfer fee of $750,000.[18]


Hamid played for the United States at under-18 and under-20 level, and in October 2009 he trained with the senior team.[19] Hamid made his international debut for U.S. national team on January 21, 2012, keeping a shutout as his team beat Venezuela 1–0 in an exhibition game at the University of Phoenix Stadium. He became the ninth goalkeeper not to concede on his international debut for the United States.[20]

Coach Jürgen Klinsmann named Hamid in his roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which the United States won.[21] He did not make his second appearance until November 18, 2014 in a 4–1 exhibition loss to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.[22]

Hamid was again called up for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, receiving a second winner's medal. On July 15, he played his first competitive match for the United States at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio and kept a shutout in a 3–0 win that made his team top their group.[23]

Personal life

Hamid's parents are from Sierra Leone. He was raised Muslim and observes fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan.[24]

Career statistics


As of October 21, 2018[9][25]
Club Season League League Cup Domestic Cup Continental Total
D.C. United 2009 0000000000
2010 80003000110
2011 280000000280
2012 240301000280
2013 250001000250
2014 300200010330
2015 250300010290
2016 200100000210
2017 240000000240
Total 18409050202000
FC Midtjylland 2017–18 1000200030
D.C. United (loan) 2018 120000000120
Career total 19709070202150


As of June 10, 2018[26]
United States national team



D.C. United
FC Midtjylland


United States



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  2. "Bill Hamid". Major League Soccer. Archived from the original on June 20, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  3. "D.C. United Academy goalkeeper Bill Hamid signs with first team". September 2, 2009. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  4. Tenorio, Paul (May 26, 2009). "Local Goalies' Careers Are Poised to Go Global". Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  9. "Bill Hamid MLS Player Profile". Major League Soccer. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
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  11. Steinberg, Dan (March 8, 2013). "Bill Hamid and the 'You Can't Hold Us Back' scarf". Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  12. Hakala, Josh (October 2, 2013). "2013 US Open Cup Final: Underdog DC United upsets Real Salt Lake to win third title (video)". The Cup. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  13. Scott, Nate (December 5, 2014). "D.C. United's Bill Hamid won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year at age 24. Now what?". USA Today. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  14. Officielt: Hamid i FCM til 2022‚, October 25, 2017
  15. Bitsch, Ole (April 22, 2018). "Gulddrømmen lever: FCM reddet i overtiden mod AaB" [The gold dream lives: FCM saved in added time against AaB] (in Danish). AOIB. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  16. O'Connor, Philip (May 21, 2018). "Soccer-Dal Hende fires Midtjylland to Danish title". Reuters. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  17. "United acquire goalkeeper Bill Hamid from FC Midtjylland". D.C. United. August 8, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  19. "Bill Hamid Gets A Taste of the U.S. MNT". Archived from the original on August 17, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  20. "RICARDO CLARK SCORES IN STOPPAGE TIME AS U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM DEFEATS VENEZUELA 1-0 IN OPENING MATCH OF 2012". U.S. Soccer. January 22, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  21. "D.C. United Homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid called up to U.S. Men's National Team for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup". D.C. United. June 27, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  22. Itel, Dan (November 18, 2014). "Republic of Ireland 4, USA 1". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  23. Galarcep, Ives (July 16, 2017). "INEXPERIENCED U.S. NATIONAL TEAM DELIVERS THREE-GOAL WIN TO TOP GOLD CUP GROUP". Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  24. Steven Goff (July 31, 2012). "D.C. United's Bill Hamid finds balance between body and spirit during Ramadan". The Washington Post.
  25. Bill Hamid at Soccerway
  26. "Bill Hamid". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
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