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Gig Harbor grad, MLS goalkeeper Hall retiring from professional soccer

Gig Harbor High School 2003 grad Tally Hall is retiring from Major League Soccer to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Gig Harbor High School 2003 grad Tally Hall is retiring from Major League Soccer to pursue a career in law enforcement. lgiles@gateline.com

Gig Harbor High School 2003 grad Tally Hall is retiring from Major League Soccer. Hall signed with D.C. United in the spring but did not make any appearances in MLS this season.

Hall played at San Diego State before playing two seasons for Danish club Esbjerg. He signed with the Houston Dynamo in MLS in 2009. From 2011 to 2014, he was Houston’s starting keeper, made two MLS All-Star teams, started in two MLS Cup finals and earned national team call-ups.

According to The Washington Post, Hall plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

“Tally has been a tremendous presence in the locker room this year,” Dave Kasper, United’s general manager and VP of soccer operations, said. “His leadership, especially with the younger goalkeepers, has been immensely valuable and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Hall, 31, has battled injuries over the past couple seasons, including an ACL injury that ended his 2014 season in late August. He was traded to Orlando City and made 23 starts before tearing his meniscus in the same knee late in the season.

In eight MLS seasons, he started 153 regular season matches and recorded 40 shutouts. Hall also made 15 postseason starts, with five clean sheets.

Before Hall signed on with D.C. United, he spent a little time working with coach Todd Northstrom and the Gig Harbor High School boys soccer team’s goalkeepers. But speaking to the Gateway in March, Hall said coaching soccer wasn’t part of his plans after his eventual retirement.

“I tell people, ‘I’ve seen the game from the best spot, and that’s on the field,’” Hall told the Gateway in March. “I think when I’m done with soccer, I don’t want to have any hard ties to being in the game every single day. ... As a head coach or goalkeepers coach for one team, that’s not going to be me. I’ve had a good run in soccer but when I move away from soccer, I want to break pretty hard from it. I don’t want to be pegged as one thing my whole life.”

After seeing the news of Hall’s retirement on Twitter, the Gig Harbor Police Department tweeted out: “We’re hiring (unfortunately lateral police officers only, though).”

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