D.C. United reacquires Bill Hamid on loan from Midtjylland

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid (28) looks on against the Columbus Crew during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Washington. Columbus won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Bill Hamid is rejoining D.C. United.

United announced Wednesday that it has reacquired the goalkeeper on a year-and-a-half loan that runs through the end of the 2019 season.

"Bill moved to FC Midtjylland at the end of last year and it was an important step in his personal and professional development," United general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. "He's a leader on and off the field and we're excited to welcome him back to the club he worked tirelessly for over eight seasons."

Hamid, 27, spent nine seasons with United from 2009-17 before signing with Midtjylland, in the Danish Superliga, last October due to a desire to pursue opportunities in Europe. But he made only three league appearances with one start for Midtjylland, who won the league title.

Despite opting to leave United, the club still owned his MLS rights because it had offered him a new deal before he chose to sign with Midtjylland. Before settling on a loan, the Washington Post reported that United attempted to buy Hamid through a transfer fee but was unable to reach a deal.

Hamid will arrive back in D.C. on Thursday, the Post added.

The MLS trade and transfer window closed Wednesday night.

Hamid, from Annandale, was the first D.C. United Academy player to sign with the first team, with his debut made at just 19 years old. Overall, he made 193 league starts for the club before his departure.

Hamid, the 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, also has been capped six times by the U.S. national team and has been among the leading candidates to become its next regular starter.

Without Hamid this season, veteran David Ousted – who was acquired in a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps in January – has been United's primary starter. Backup Steve Clark has started three league matches this esason. Either Ousted or Clark is likely to be moved as a result of the reacquisition of Hamid, according to the Post.

United currently sits in last place in the Eastern Conference with just 18 points, though it also has played several fewer games to this point in the season. It has conceded 36 goals, the sixth most in the 11-team Eastern Conference.

United signed Lithuanian left back Vytautas Andriuskevicius, commonly known as Vytas, from the Portland Timbers in exchange for $50,000 in targeted allocation money.

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