SIlly season keeps on living up to it's name as Toronto FC has been linked to yet another potential addition. This time the rumour of the day surrounds Bermudan Freddy Hall. The goalkeeper was first linked to the club by the Royal Gazette and his trial was confirmed by his presence in training this morning.
The move follows Hall's release from English side Northampton Town. The 27 year old had a hard time really making a splash in England as he made quick stops at a few clubs but never really got a run of matches. One of these stops was a pre season trial with Plymouth Argyle where he worked under Paul Mariner, an assistant coach at the time under manager Peter Reid. That means Toronto's new head coach would be familiar with the keepers skill set and gives this link a bit more legs.
Mariner will not be the only familiar face at TFC training for Hall. The Bermudian international will also be familiar with Reggie Lambe who he has played with on the national team. That familiarity would ease his transition to the team should he manage to impress in this trial.
If the club decides to sign Hall is would be a fairly clear sign that Stefan Frei is the odd man out. It has been speculated since the offseason that one of the teams keepers was going to have to be moved for cap reasons and to keep Milos Kocic and Frei happy. It was reported in the spring that several clubs were interested in making a move for Frei but then he picked up an injury in training. Since going down Kocic has further shown his ability in the starting role, and his salary is a lot more cap friendly than Frei's so if one of them has to go it makes sense that Kocic would be kept over the Swiss keeper.
Adding Hall would give TFC the flexibility to make such a move in goal without having to continue to rely on Kocic being fit all the time and Quillan Roberts as a backup keeper. It also seems that Mariner will continue to use his connections in Bermuda to strengthen the squad whenever possible with Lambe being the first of what could be a number of players from that region joining the squad.