U.S. international Bill Hamid has signed with Danish side Midtjylland on a free transfer from D.C. United.

The Superliga and MLS sides announced the move Wednesday, with the 26-year-old goalkeeper joining Midtjylland on a contract through 2022. The first homegrown signing in United history, Hamid leaves MLS after eight seasons with the club.

“Bill represents the soccer dream in the United States,” United general manager Dave Kasper said in a news release. “He’s a local player who grew up supporting the club and was recruited into our academy because of his potential. His tireless work ethic earned him D.C. United’s first homegrown contract and he’s been a fixture for the club ever since.

“We wish Bill the best of luck in this next chapter as he continues to grow and push for a starting spot on the U.S. national team. We thank him for all he’s given to our organization and our fans during his time in D.C.”

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Hamid has earned three caps for the U.S., including one start during the national team’s run to the Gold Cup title this past summer. Speaking after United’s season finale at RFK Stadium on Sunday, the 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year said he’s hoping to secure a bigger role with the U.S. by making the move to Europe.

“I did find it a little difficult to solidify a national team spot playing here,” Hamid said. “I think it is the right thing to move away and try to take the next jump. And hopefully, if I can take another jump from there within the next year or two, then I can solidify that spot and be a part of that three [U.S. goalkeepers]. I was always in and out, got some caps here and there, but I want more. I want to push myself for more.”

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