Friday, January 23, 2009

Tally Hall, Dynamo's New Backup Keeper, Ain't No Banana Man!

Though my mates may tease me about my megalomania, I take full credit for yesterday’s signing of Tally Hall. Surely it was my surly post spurring the Front Office into action! Now that I have provided the appetizer, it’s time for Martek and Mr3d to bring the main course, preferably a studly center back or an accomplished striker with speedy wheels and deft touches.

Damn it all. Wrong Tally Hall- we did not sign no “Banana Man.”

Here's our new bhoy:

Here’s what Wikipedia says about Hall:
Talmon Henry Hall (better known as Tally Hall) born on May 12, 1985 in SeaTac, Washington) is an American soccer goalkeeper who was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. However, Hall opted to sign with Danish club Esbjerg fB.

Formerly of Gig Harbor, Washington and Gig Harbor High School, Tally was a star for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Aztecs and a two (2) time NSCAA and College Soccer News All-American, a semi-finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, and a first-team all-Pacific Ten Conference honoree for two (2) straight years.
Tally was recently named to the United States U-23 men's national soccer team.

And this is US Soccer’s bio blurb:
Tally Hall
Position: Goalkeeper
Born: May 5, 1985 in SeaTac, Washington
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 205
Club: Esbjerg FB (Danish Superligaen)

A two-time NSCAA All-American at San Diego State University (2003-2006), he became the first Aztec All-American since Marcelo Balboa (1989). Drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy, he chose to ply his trade overseas by signing with Esjberg FB of the Danish Superligaen. Listen to Tally Hall talk about why he chose to play in Denmark.

My take? Hall is a young professionally inexperienced goalkeeper. While he is a good pickup and understudy for Pat Onstad, I wish he had more pro experience. This would have been a much better signing the previous season when Pat was a year younger.That being said, kudos to the Front Office for signing a player who will hopefully contribute to a bright future for the O-Range.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had the opportunity of playing college ball with Tally Hall at San Diego. You will not find a more hard working goal keeper or soccer player for that matter. It is good to see Tally back in the states. If he gets the opportunity to showcase his talent I guarantee that you fans will not be disappointed. I would even be willing to place a bet that in years to come he will be out keeper for the national team. Thanks