Last week, we told you about former Orlando City an Sporting Kansas City midfielder Amobi Okugo training with D.C. United. Okugo is still training with the team, but was joined at the RFK training grounds by another member of the 2015 OCSC squad: goalkeeper Tally Hall. At practice today, Ben Olsen confirmed the presence of both players:
Both guys we want to look at. Read into that as much as you want.
The 30-year old goalkeeper had option declined at the end of 2015, after he had torn his meniscus. He tore his ACL in 2014 when he played with the Houston Dynamo, where Hall spent the first six years of his MLS career before being traded to OCSC for allocation money. Hall recently trained with the Seattle Sounders in the 2016 preseason.
At the goalkeeper position, D.C. currently has Travis Worra (starter of the last two games), and Charlie Horton, whom they acquired earlier this month. As goalkeepers Bill Hamid and Andrew Dykstra are out for extended periods of time, the desire for a third keeper is a natural one. The question in the short-term obviously becomes what kind of keeper Hall is these days, whether it's the guy who dropped in form in 2014 and 2015, or the one who attended the January United States national team camps at the beginning of 2013 and 2014. Neither Hall may exist, but a Hall with a capable defense in front of him, and an already existing rapport with former teammate Bobby Boswell may steal a start or two.
Assuming, of course, D.C. is serious about signing Hall as a third keeper.