Former Aztec Tally Hall Invited to U.S. National Team Camp
Jan. 8, 2014
CHICAGO - Former San Diego State men's soccer standout and current Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall was one of 26 players invited to the U.S. Men's National Team's training camp, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann recently announced.
The team convened at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., on Jan. 6, and heads to Sao Paulo, Brazil for 12 days of training on Jan. 13. The camp is the USA's first FIFA World Cup preparation camp in 2014, and concludes with a friendly against Korea Republic on Feb. 1.
"We are all very excited for this camp because, as a team, it will give us our first taste of Brazil," Klinsmann said in a statement. "This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup."
The Renton, Wash., native also participated in the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team camp, as well as with the United States U-23 Men's National Team prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics. In addition, Hall was named to the United States' preliminary 35-roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer.
Hall has started at least 33 games in each of the previous three seasons for the Dynamo, leading the team to consecutive MLS Cup appearances in 2011 and 2012. He has amassed a 40-28-33 career record with 282 saves and 121 goals allowed, while logging 3,540 minutes, 39 starts, 11 shutouts, 109 saves, 46 goals against and a 16-12-11 record in 2013. Hall also set a club record with 12 regular-season shutouts in 2012 and was named an MLS All-Star in 2011.
During his career at San Diego State, Hall earned All-America honors in each of his final two seasons, in addition to being a two-time Pac-10 first-team selection and NSCAA all-Far West honoree. As a senior, he was named an Academic All-American as well as a semifinalist for the M.A.C Hermann Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's top college soccer player.
Hall also set SDSU single-season program records with 12 shutouts and a 0.49 goals against average, and became the first Aztec to earn all-America honors since Marcelo Balboa in 1989.