New Memphis 901 FC signing Bill Hamid brings more than 200 games of experience in Major League Soccer while being part of two Concacaf Gold Cup-winning squads for the United States so far in his career.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis 901 FC announced on Monday the club has signed former United States Men’s National Team and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Bill Hamid for the 2023 USL Championship season. The signing is pending league and federation approval, and completion of Hamid’s medical.
Hamid becomes the one of the most decorated players to sign with a USL Championship club. One of five current former United States Men’s National Team players competing in the USL Championship and USL League One, the former D.C. United standout brings his experience to Memphis, where he joins former USMNT teammate and current 901 FC Sporting Director Tim Howard to continue his career.
“The signing of Bill Hamid will potentially be the greatest signing in club history and certainly one of the biggest in USL,” Howard said. “He comes to 901 FC as he enters the prime of his career. Bill has a winning pedigree, having lifted trophies domestically and internationally. Most importantly, we believe that his time spent as a member of the USMNT will prove pivotal to our locker room and on-field success.”
The 32-year-old goalkeeper tallied 290 MLS appearances with D.C. United in his 13-year pro career, recording 80 MLS shutouts, a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory in 2013 and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2014. Hamid made his MLS debut in 2010 at 19, surpassing Howard's record in becoming the youngest goalkeeper to win an MLS game by four days.
The Annandale, Va., native started training with USMNT senior team in 2009 before representing the country in international competition from 2012 to 2020, boasting two Concacaf Gold Cup victories in 2013 and 2017.
“In Memphis there is an ambitious club, in a great market, with a solid team and staff,” Hamid said. “After working with Tim Howard in many U.S. Men's national team camps and being his teammate as we won the 2017 Gold Cup, I believe he and ownership have a great project here. I cherish the chance to come to Memphis and earn the right to play on a team who did really well last season.”