Player Details


William Hesmer


6' 2"


194 lbs

Date of Birth

11.23.1981 (41)


Wilson, NC USA


2023 MLS Regular Season
2023 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

MLS Career Highlights: Had started all 133 games in which he appeared entering this season, his sixth with the Crew… Had 42 shutouts, including a career-high 11 in 2010, to his credit… Was a MLS Goalkeeper of the Year finalist in 2008… Had a career-high 11 saves against CHI on 7/11/09... Made his first-team league debut for K.C. on 6/10/06 at Crew Stadium, making three saves to post his first win and first shutout, 1-0, over the Crew... Acquired by the Crew on 11/17/06 from Toronto, along with midfielder Danny O’Rourke, in exchange for a partial allocation... Originally selected by Kansas City in the second round (No. 17 overall) of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft...  scored the game tying goal at Toronto on 10/16/10 and is only second goalkeeper in MLS history to score a goal... Suffered a season ending injury in 2010 after starting every game of the regular season... MLS Career Playoff Highlights: Had started all seven career postseason matches in which he had appeared entering this season… Had a record of 3-3-1 in that time, along with one shutout and a 1.17 goals-against average... Registered first career playoff shutout on 11/8/08 vs. K.C. ... Started in goal for the Crew’s 3-1 win over N.Y. in 2008 MLS Cup… U.S. Open Cup Career Highlights: Had seen action in four games entering this season, earning two wins.

2012 MLS Season (As of 8/2): Missed matches on 3/10, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/23, 5/23, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/8, 7/14, 7/21 and 7/28 due to injury (ankle, hip surgery)... Was added to Season Ending Injury list on April 24, 2011...

2011 MLS Season: Started in 32 matches... Had eight shutouts (3/26, 4/1, 4/9, 4/16, 5/16, 7/6, 7/16, 10/15)... Set Club record for consecutive shutout games (4, 3/26 - 4/16)... Set club record for consecutive shutout minutes (413, 3/19 - 3/26)... Reached milestone of 40 career shutouts on 7/6 at Vancouver... Broke saves Club record on 7/6 with 368... Missed matches on 7/23 and 7/30 with quad strain... 2011 MLS Playoffs: Started in one game...

2010 MLS Season: Appeared and started in 30 matches... Had 11 shutouts (3/27, 4/24, 5/15, 5/23, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 8/28, 9/4, 10/2)... Had three yellow cards (5/23, 8/21, 9/25)... Became the all-time Crew leader in shutouts with a clean sheet at KC on 5/23... Played his 100th MLS match on 10/16.... Celebrated his 100th MLS match by scoring a goal in stoppage time on 10/16... Is only the second goalkeeper to score a goal in MLS history.. Was forced to leave final game of regular season (10/24) with a broken shoulder and was replaced by midfielder Eddie Gaven.

2009 MLS Season: Appeared and started in 19 matches… Had a career-high 11 saves on 7/11 at Chicago… Had seven shutouts... Had one yellow card... Missed matches on 4/25, 5/2 and 5/9 with L knee sprain... Missed matches on 5/17, 5/27, 5/30, 6/6 and 6/14 with lumbar strain… 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs: Started both playoff matches against RSL, finishing with a 0-2-0 record and 2.00 goals-against-average…2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League: Appeared and started in all six matches… Had two shutouts… Had one yellow card.

2008 MLS Season: Appeared in and started 29 games... Finished with a league-best record of 17-6-6 and tied for the league lead with 10 shutouts... Ranked third in goals-against average (1.14)... Saved three of five penalty kick attempts (3/29 vs. TFC, 4/5 at N.Y. and 5/24 vs. N.E.)... 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs: Started in all four matches in Crew's run to MLS Cup title... Finished with a 3-0-1 record and 0.75 goals-against average... Registered first career playoff shutout on 11/8 vs. K.C. ... 2008 U.S. Open Cup: Started Open Cup qualifier at Chicago (in Peoria, Ill.) on 6/10, a 3-2 loss in OT.

2007 MLS Season: Started all 20 games in which he appeared... Had a then career-high nine saves against K.C. on 9/16... Had five shutouts on the season... Backstopped the Crew to a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) from 6/16-7/7... Notched his first shutout as a member of the Crew on 6/30 vs. N.Y. ...  Made his Crew debut on 6/16 at N.E... Missed seven games to start the season due to a right hamstring injury.

2006 MLS Season: Went 1-2-0 in three games, with the victory coming in his first-team league debut 6/10 at Columbus. Made three saves to post 1-0 shutout... 2006 U.S. Open Cup: Picked up win in Round of 32 match vs. Des Moines Menace (PDL) on 7/12... Played the full 90 minutes in 2-0 Round of 16 loss to Chicago on 8/14.

2005 MLS Season: Earned promotion from developmental roster to the senior squad and assumed role of backup goalkeeper, but did not appear in a regular-season match… 2005 Reserve Division: Made 10 starts, posting a 5-3-2 record with a 1.44 GAA and three shutouts... 2005 U.S. Open Cup: Made two starts in Open Cup play, earning a 6-1 win over the Des Moines Menace (PDL) on 8/3 in the fourth round.

2004 MLS Season: Spent his rookie professional season on the developmental roster, but did not appear in a regular-season match.

Other Pro Highlights: Has twice been called into extended U.S. National Team camps in January (2008, 2009)... Was a member of the Generation adidas Euro Tour squad that played three games in England in December 2006... Appeared in two of the games and went the full 90 minutes of a 1-0 loss to the Coventry City Reserves on 12/5/06.

College: Compiled a record of 37-12-6 in four years at Wake Forest (2000-03)… Compiled a 0.83 goals-against average, .802 save percentage, 201 saves and 5,298 minutes… Named the 2003-04 Wake Forest University Student-Athlete of the Year... 2003: Was named a NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America All-American despite playing in just 15 games as a senior... Posted a 0.77 GAA before suffering a leg injury in the second-to-last game of the regular season... Missed the ACC tournament and NCAA tournament due to the injury… 2002: Turned in the best season by a goalkeeper in Wake Forest history as a junior... Posted nine shutouts and set a school single-season record with a 0.65 goals-against average... Had a scoreless streak of 569 minutes from 9/21 against St. John’s until 10/19 against Clemson, a streak that included five complete shutouts... Ranked second nationally in GAA… Was named a Soccer America first-team All-American and a second-team NSCAA All-American... Named first-team All-ACC and All-South...  2001: A second-team All-ACC selection, started all 21 games in goal and posted a 0.91 GAA, the best mark by a Deacon goalkeeper since 1991… 2000: Named to ACC All-Tournament team as a freshman, allowing just three goals in 240 minutes while making 24 saves... Made his career debut as a surprise starter in the regular-season finale at Duke and started the team’s two postseason games.

Personal: The son of Russell and Janet Hesmer… Has a sister, Anna Jane, and a brother, David... Was an Academic All-American at Wake Forest, where he majored in History… Served as a groomsman in teammate Brian Carroll’s wedding... An excellent athlete who was named all-conference in basketball, football, baseball and soccer in high school... Named 2000 Athlete of the Year by the Wilson Daily Times... A member of the National Honor Society in high school... Enjoys golfing and fishing in his spare time.