TORONTO, Canada – Former Quinnipiac University men's soccer goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) shut down English Premier League powerhouse Liverpool F.C. for 45 minutes on Saturday afternoon, as the 27-year old helped Toronto F.C. to a 1-1 draw in the World Football Challenge at the Rogers Centre.
"It was a great moment to see one of our Alumni play in nationally televised game against one of the World's most historic football clubs," said Head Coach Eric Da Costa. "Liverpool F.C. has a deeply rooted history and wonderful tradition. For Freddy to compete against them must have been a tremendous experience for him and something he will not soon forget. Freddy is still a young professional and continues to prove himself. I have always said he will go on to do great things and he is well on his way."
Toronto FC's goalkeeper Freddy Hall kicks the ball during the first half of their World Football Challenge soccer match against Liverpool FC at the Rogers Centre in Toronto July 21, 2012.
(Photo By MIKE CASSESE/REUTERS)
With 33,087 fans on hand, Quincy Amarikwa – who was acquired Saturday morning from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a conditional draft pick – gave the Reds the lead in the 58th minute. The advantage was short-lived, however, as Adam Morgan equalized for Liverpool in the 69th minute to give manager Brendan Rodgers a draw in his first game in charge of the English giants.
Hall earned the start against Liverpool as part of his try-out with Toronto. He did not surrender a goal in the first half, in a game that was televised nationally on ESPN.
Hall began his career with the Bermuda Hogges, before signing a contract with Northampton Town F.C. of the English Football League Two. Football League Two is the third-highest division of The Football League and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system. He compiled 13 career professional appearances between the two clubs.
Hall was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2009 season after helping lead the Bobcats to their first appearance in Northeast Conference Championship Game in program history. He earned the team's top honor after being named to the All-NEC First Team during his senior year after two straight seasons as a member of the All-NEC Second Team. He was also recognized as part of the 2009 Adidas National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-North Atlantic Regional Second Team.
The Bobcats' goalkeeper was ranked first or second in every statistical NEC category for the 2009 season. Hall not only led the conference in saves, but all of Division I in 2009, turning aside 121 shots on his way to posting the third best save percentage in the nation (.883). In 20 games this season, Hall allowed just 16 goals and posted 10 shutouts during his final season in Hamden. All of these also helped Hall win the "Player's Player of the Year" award as voted on by his teammates.
Hall also played for Bermuda's U17 and U21 national teams.
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