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Is Tally Hall a vocal leader?

Could Tally Hall's seeming lack of controlling his back line during run of play with vocal calls be part of the reason he hasn't cracked the US Men's National Team more consistently?

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This is actually going to be fairly short for an opinion piece, but one I think warranting discussion nevertheless.

This past Saturday on the Houston Dynamo bye week I, along with a host of other season ticket holds and fans in general, attended the Houston Dash scrimmage against the Texas A&M Women's Soccer team. The first half of the match the Dash were on the far end of the field from where I was seated, and the second half they were on my end.

Something I noticed during that second half is that Bianca Henninger is loud, and not in a bad way. She commanded the defenders (and midfielders) in front of her with various calls. Pressing her fellow teammates based on what she, as the goalkeeper, could see developing from her vantage point behind the play. It was interesting to take in, as it was refreshing to see.

Goalkeepers, in my opinion, should effectively lead the back half of the team by directing players around. After all, you see guys like Nick Rimando and Donovan Ricketts yelling calls constantly throughout matches. But the more I thought about it, the less I became settled.

Tally Hall, for all that is great about him as a goalkeeper, is not as vocal as other keepers. He still commands his back four, but it is in a different manner, and usually only when absolutely necessary. He'll wave them forward or congratulate them after a fine goal line clearance, but I personally have not seen him really command the back half of the team in front of him.

I'm not worried about it, but it begs a discussion. Is Tally Hall too quiet on the pitch? Should he be more in control vocally? Am I just missing his direction to the lines in front of him?

I wonder if the lack of vocalization is another reason why he hasn't really cracked the US Men's National Team roster yet. He has the size, and yes we all know he has struggles serving the ball out of the back. Still, he's athletic, really solid at clearing balls and on set pieces, so you'd think he'd be able to usurp Nick Rimando at some point.

What do you think?