TORONTO, Canada – Former Quinnipiac University men's soccer standout Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) has signed a Major League Soccer (MLS) contract with Toronto F.C., as announced Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by the front office. As per team and league policies, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hall becomes the first Quinnipiac player to sign an MLS contract.
"I and everyone associated with Quinnipiac University Men's Soccer are ecstatic for Freddy," said Men's Soccer Head Coach Eric Da Costa. "This is another positive step in Freddy's career as a footballer and he is deserving of the opportunity. Freddy now becomes the first player in our programs young history to sign with Major League Soccer. He will serve as an inspiration to those now in the program that want to follow in the same path. I am very proud of him and have no doubt he will work tirelessly to contribute to his new team's success. I look forward to following Freddy and Toronto F.C. throughout the duration of this season."
Hall spent the last three weeks on trial with the club. He recently earned the start against Liverpool in the World Football Challenge as part of his try-out with the Reds. He did not surrender a goal in the first half, in a game that was televised nationally on ESPN.
"Freddy brings depth to our goalkeeping position and has many qualities that we like to see at this position," said Toronto FC Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations Paul Mariner. "He performed well during his trial period with our club and played well against Liverpool. We are pleased to sign him."
Photo: Hall poses with head coach Paul Mariner at Kia Training Ground (TorontoFC.ca)
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, compiling four career caps.
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