After just a couple of months away from D.C. United, Bill Hamid might be back wearing the Black-and-Red once again. Steve Goff of the Washington Post reported on Wednesday afternoon that United were on the verge of bringing Hamid back to the nation’s capital, on a 1.5 year loan from FC Midtjylland in Denmark. Goff first reported the possibility of Hamid’s return to the club last week.
Getting word D.C. United has reacquired goalkeeper Bill Hamid on a 1.5-year loan from Danish side Midtjylland. Arriving this week. #dcu #mls— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 8, 2018
Hamid, who was United’s first ever homegrown player signing, allowed his contract to run out at the end of the 2017 MLS season. United made several offers to the keeper, which meant they retained him MLS rights. But Hamid, who long harbored hopes of playing in Europe, signed a contract with Midtjylland, which runs until 2022.
However, Hamid has been unable to earn much playing time with Midtjylland, who last season won the league. Jesper Hansen was in goal when Hamid made the move, and held onto his spot during Hamid’s stint in Denmark. The US keeper made just three appearances with the champions, only one of which came in league play.
Meanwhile, United have fielded David Ousted and Steve Clark in goal this year, to varying degrees of success. Clark joined in August of last year, and played the last five games for United, as Hamid finalized his move to Denmark. Ousted was brought in during the winter, and won the job in preseason. However, Ousted has yet to keep a clean sheet this year, allowing 30 goals in 16 games in 2018.
Clark has one shutout in three appearances, but has not played in the league for United sine May 12th, a 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake. His shutout came on April 14th, when he held his former team, the Columbus Crew, scoreless in a 1-0 victory, United’s first win of the season.
Hamid won his sixth cap for the USA national team back in May, but had a subpar performance in a 2-1 loss to Ireland.