Tally Hall among Orlando City players to have contract options declined

Tally Hall among Orlando City players to have contract options declined


Tally Hall among Orlando City players to have contract options declined


photo by Kim Klement/USA Today Sports

photo by Kim Klement/USA Today Sports

Tally Hall’s first season in Orlando looks like it will also his last.

Orlando City announced on Wednesday a bevy of offseason roster moves, including declining the contract option of Hall. The 30-year-old goalkeeper had served as the starter for the expansion club after recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him during the initial months of the campaign, but he suffered a torn meniscus in the second-to-last game of the year.

Orlando City also declined the options of several other players, including midfielders Lewis Neal and Eric Avila, left back Corey Ashe, goalkeeper Josh Ford, and attackers Danny Mwanga, Adam Bedell, and Sidney Rivera. Additionally, midfielder Tony Cascio’s contract has expired.

Ashe and Avila will be two of the first players in all of MLS that are eligible for free agency, which is being introduced this winter. The other aforementioned five will be eligible for the re-entry drafts.

“We’d like to thank these terrific players for their significant contributions to the club’s historic first Major League Soccer season,” said new Orlando City chief soccer officer Armando Carneiro in a statement. “We wish them the best of luck in their careers moving forward.”

The Lions made some other moves on Wednesday, exercising the options of forward Pedro Ribeiro, goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr, defenders Luke Boden and Seb Hines, and midfielders Servando Carrasco, Darwin Ceren, Kevin Molino, and Harrison Heath.

The rest of the squad is already under contract for 2016.

Per league rules, Orlando City has until Dec. 10 to re-sign any re-entry draft eligible players, including those who were not picked up via the club option.

What do you think of Orlando City’s moves? Surprised to see Hall go given that they picked him up in the MLS Expansion Draft last winter and traded veteran Donovan Ricketts this season? How do you see Ashe and Avila handling free agency? Where will they go?

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