Hamid before an international match against Austria in November 2013.
(Photo: Simon Heseltine)
|Full name||Bilal Hamid|
|Date of birth||November 25, 1990|
|Place of birth||Annandale, Virginia, United States|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2008||United States U20||2||(0)|
|2012||United States U23||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 26, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 14, 2017
Bilal "Bill" Hamid (// hǝ-MEED; born November 25, 1990) is an American soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for D.C. United and for the United States national team. Hamid will join Danish Superliga club FC Midtjylland on January 1, 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 201 games for D.C. United, including 184 in the league. He helped the team to victory in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and received the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2014.
Hamid made his senior debut for the United States national team in 2011. 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. Prior to signing with D.C. United, he was linked with a move to Celtic, until work permit issues derailed the move.
He made his professional debut on May 5, 2010 in a game against the Kansas City Wizards. 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. Hamid started 28 of United's 34 games during the 2011 season. He retained his starting spot during the 2012 season, making appearances in 27 matches.
In 2012, Hamid earned a record 88 saves in arguably his best season in the MLS to date. 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 video taped shirtless screaming "You can't hold us back" while pounding his chest. 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. 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.
At the end of the 2017 season, Hamid’s contract with D.C. United expires 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.
Hamid played for the United States at under-18 and under-20 level, and in October 2009 he trained with the senior team. 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.
Coach Jürgen Klinsmann named Hamid in his roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which the United States won. He did not make his second appearance until November 18, 2014 in a 4–1 exhibition loss to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.
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.
- As of November 14, 2017
|United States national team|
- D.C. United
- United States
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