Strikers Sign Defender Matt Hall
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers today announced the signing of defender Matheau “Matt” Hall for the 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) season. As per club policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hall, 26, comes to Fort Lauderdale with two years of professional experience under his belt, having played with the LA Blues (now Orange County Blues) in USL Pro, the third division of professional soccer in the U.S. The versatile defender is known for his incredible pace and attacking instincts.
“Matt is the type of player we were looking for at the back,” said Strikers Head Coach Günter Kronsteiner. “He is a very fast player and will add balance to our defense.”
A forward in his youth, Hall made the transition to the back line during his collegiate career. In 2005 and 2006, he played college soccer at Tyler Junior College, before transferring to Grand Canyon University for his junior and senior years. Hall tallied 18 assists in two seasons for the ‘Lopes.
While in college, Hall played for the Hampton Roads Piranhas in the PDL and later with Arizona Sahuaro of the NPSL. He also had stints with the Thunder Bay Chill, Vermont Voltage, and the Las Vegas Knights—drawing interest from MLS and Mexican clubs along the way—before turning pro with the Blues.
The right back made 33 league appearances in two seasons with the Blues. Hall recently participated in a training stint with the L.A. Galaxy.
Hall is the fourth new addition to the Strikers roster for the upcoming 2014 season. The club has also re-signed 14 players from last season’s roster. More signings are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Hall will wear jersey number 5 for the Strikers.
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