Orlando City goalkeeper Tally Hall makes debut following injury


Ty Wright / Valencia Voice

Tally Hall had a clean sheet in his Orlando City debut on Sunday.

ORLANDO, Fla. – For the first time since being sidelined on August 29 with an ACL injury last season with the Houston Dynamo, goalkeeper Tally Hall made his Orlando City debut this past Sunday against the LA Galaxy (3-4-5, 14 points) in front of 40,122 fans.

Orlando City (3-5-3, 12 points) produced a dominating performance in their first home win against the defending MLS champions with goals from Eric Avila, Cyle Larin, Kaká and Darwin Cerén.

Rarely challenged on Sunday, most of the action Hall had seen throughout the game was sprinting back and forth while stretching to keep his body warm to ensure he wouldn’t sustain another injury. He credited this tactic to having watched Japanese outfielders constantly move during games to keep their bodies limber. He did, however, record one save in route to a clean sheet in his return to Major League Soccer and looked comfortable in the box.

“It’s phenomenal watching this team,” Hall said. “I’ve been seeing the fans and I’ve been dying to get back in it. It’s something truly special to be on the field. It’s fun to be nervous again; those butterflies come and go. It’s fun to feel that.”

Assuming Hall will be able to maintain his health throughout the season, he now presents himself as a viable option as the permanent starter for the goalkeeper position over underperforming keeper Donavan Ricketts who had previously started every game prior to Sunday.

It’ll be worthwhile to see how Ricketts responds during training this week in an effort to reclaim a spot in the starting 11. Coach Adrian Heath will have an interesting decision to make ahead of OCSC’s upcoming match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. The game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET.