In our continuing review of 2015 for Orlando City, we next come to primary goalkeeper Tally Hall. Hall was acquired during 2014 for the new MLS side from Houston Dynamo just before he suffered season-ending ACL injury.
|Games Played||23||PK Against||5|
|Games Started||23||PK Goals||4|
2015 Summary: Tally Hall began 2015 recovering from ACL surgery that had ended his previous season. Orlando City was fortunate to have Donovan Ricketts as a backup goalkeeper at the beginning of the season, and he performed admirably for us in the first ten matches of the season. However, it was clear that the young Orlando City defense was leaky and would require a younger and more athletic keeper to help us stay in games. For all his skill and experience, the 2015 Ricketts had probably lost half a step over the 2 time Keeper of the Year when he was younger. I won't take too much credit, but it seems that The Lion's Teeth may have readers in high places because it was after my post on May 14 that the club finally made the switch to put Tally Hall in goal.
Once Tally was in net for us, the team did start performing better. Tally's first match in net was the 4 - 0 pasting of LA Galaxy at the Citrus Bowl on May 17, and it was apparent from the beginning that he was much more vocal in communicating instructions and directing traffic for the younger defenders on the team. I think this vocal communication helped to bolster the confidence of the young players and made sure they knew better where they could position themselves to help the keeper during play and on set piece opportunities by the opponent.
2016 Prediction: Reports are that Tally's surgery for the injury suffered in the final home match against NYCFC went very well, and I presume he will be healthy to begin the 2016 season. I think it is unlikely that Orlando City would trade him away, so I fully expect to see him back as the primary goalkeeper next season. Tally made some tremendous saves during the season, and his leadership and experience are going to be critical going forward as the team continues to grow and develop.
What about you? Do you expect to see Tally Hall back for 2016? What was your favorite Tally Hall moment from 2015?