On Monday, the LA Galaxy axed 3 keepers from their roster: Donovan Ricketts, Brian Perk and Andrew Wolverton. In addition to these cuts, the LA Galaxy also signed Clement Diop from Los Dos, leaving a current LA Galaxy keeper pool of Brian Rowe and Clement Diop.
Now I'm not going to pretend like I know a good goalkeeper from a bad one, but I do lean heavily on the opinions of my good friend Bill of Everybody Soccer who is an excellent writer who spends a great deal of his time scouting American keepers. When Jaime Penedo left the LA Galaxy, he wrote this excellent piece for us describing the problems of Brian Rowe and why he doesn't think he's ready to be a starter.
Bill also has similar concerns about Clement Diop.
Technically sloppy. Not great in the air. Over dependency on athleticism. https://t.co/4k0RG4OqDk— Bill Reno (@letsallsoccer) December 7, 2015
As much as fans like Clement Diop, it's highly unlikely he or Brian Rowe will be trusted as the team's number one. Add on top of this that teams rarely carry only two keepers, and it's highly likely that LA will be looking to bring in another keeper, and likely one who they think can start. While current speculation has the LA Galaxy looking overseas, there is an option in the league who makes just as much sense, if not more.
Every year, the league holds something called a re-entry draft which is yet another crazy MLS allocation method, this one designed to disperse players after they are cut. Recently the league released a list of 60 players available in the re-entry draft, and while Galaxy fans might be salivating over names like Maximiliano Urruti, Gabriel Torres, Vicente Sanchez, Marco Pappa, Boniek Garcia, Steven Beitashour and Pa Modou Kah, none of these players ultimately make sense, either for salary or roster depth reasons. One player who does make sense, however, is goalkeeper Tally Hall.
Tally Hall is a two time all-star who in 2012 set the Houston Dynamo record for most shut-outs. The problem with Tally Hall is that his salary is $215,000 which might be a little too rich for Bruce Arena's liking. The solution, however, could very well be in how the re-entry draft works. Any players selected in the first round of the re-entry draft are due a "Bona Fide Offer" which translates to a certain percentage pay increase. For this reason, players are very rarely selected in the first round of the re-entry draft. In the second round, clubs are allowed to renegotiate contracts with players, which could be the Galaxy's ticket to signing Hall. And given LA's spotty record of over-seas scouting, Hall would certainly be the safest option.
What do you think? Think Tally Hall is a good option? Think Rowe or Diop are ready to start? Sound off below.