According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel’s Paul Tenorio, Orlando City has acquired 29-year-old Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall and an international player slot. Hall would be a significant piece of the puzzle, as Adrian Heath continues to build his MLS roster—now at 10 players, although a number of those are young and could be loaned to Louisville City (or elsewhere).
The Lions acquired veteran goalkeeper Tally Hall from the Houston Dynamo for allocation money, according to a source with direct knowledge of the deal. Orlando City also received an international player slot in the deal with the Dynamo.
Hall has been with the Dynamo since 2009, after a couple of seasons with Esbjerg (Denmark). He was drafted in 2007 by the L.A. Galaxy out of San Diego State, but pursued his career in Europe instead. Hall holds Houston franchise records for consecutive starts (57), postseason shutouts (4) and shutouts in a season (12).
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound native of Renton, WA, has 35 career MLS shutouts, 130 starts, a 1.33 career goals-against average, and a record of 49-43-38 in six seasons. He is a two-time MLS All-Star (2011, 2013). He holds an 8-4-3 playoff record with a 0.91 GAA.
There is a lot to like about this deal for Orlando City, but the downside is that Hall will be coming off a torn ACL that has forced him to miss the stretch run in 2014, and he may not be available until after the 2015 season starts.
The international slot may end up being just as important an acquisition as Hall. Heath has a knack for finding useful players abroad, and the club is well connected in multiple countries.
There has been nothing official from the club yet about this deal, but Lovell quoted Hall on Twitter in a series of tweets, as saying “I’m very much looking forward to what Orlando has with the opportunity to be with a team for their inaugural season is extremely exciting for me and I can’t wait to get ingrained with the community and organization and start winning games for Orlando.”
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