MLS Preview: Top 10 Must Watch Players Of African Descent - #9 Bill Hamid
The homegrown record-breaker can help lead DC United to glory this season.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper is a man who need no introduction. Bilal “Bill”Abdul Hamid is undisputedly one of the best goalkeepers in the MLS and we believe he will be key for his boyhood club, D.C United in the 2019 season.Bill has just one year left on his one and a half loan contract from Danish Superliga club, FC Midtjylland where he fell out favor upon moving to Denmark. This year in particular, he will even be eager to play for his career with his future still a subject of speculation and there may be no better time to do it than now. Upon the arrival of former English captain and Manchester United forward, half-way through the season, the “Black and Red” received a major boost even reaching the knockout round of the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs. Rooney ended the season as the club’s top goal scorer with 12 to his name, many will be eager to see how much he can give in a full season and Hamid will be the goal minder in the spotlight as the 4 time MLS Cup winners embark on a new mission.
As previously elaborated, Bill Hamid in itself is no small name. He became the first D.C United Academy Player to sign for the first team in 2009 also becoming the youngest goalkeeper to win an MLS match back in 2010 as a 19-year-old, surpassing the record of the legendary Tim Howard. Hamid, whose parents are from Sierra Leone, helped the U.S Men’s National Team to the 2013 and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Individually, he won the 2012 MLS Goalkeeper of The Year Award and will perhaps remind everyone just how good he is in the 2019 campaign.
For those still wondering who this guy is, you may remember him as the man who pioneered one of the D.C fans’ chants after a video of him pounding his chest and passionately declaring, “you can’t hold us back!” circulated on the internet. This was after Hamid was red carded in the 2012 playoffs against New York Red Bulls. The goalkeeper with a record 88 saves in MLS season is available and we couldn’t be more excited to see what he has to offer this time around.