Former New England Revolution defender Jeremy Hall has signed a one-year contract with a club option for 2017 with North American Soccer League (NASL) side Tampa Bay Rowdies, a statement confirms.

At 27 years of age, Hall brings seven seasons of MLS experience to his new club having played for the New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers, FC Dallas, Toronto FC, and most recently the Revolution. The club, however, didn’t pick up his option for the new season which led to Hall signing for his hometown team in Tampa Bay.

In a press release, Tampa Bay manager Stuart Campbell praised the defender stating:

He can play anywhere on the right-hand side. He brings great experience, having played in MLS for a number of years. Jeremy is a great addition to the squad and we’re happy to have him.

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Somewhat ironically, when Campbell targeted Hall as a potential player, he didn’t realise he was from the Tampa Bay.

When I heard he’s originally from the area, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s always nice to have players representing their hometowns at this level and it’s nice for the fans to see one of their own playing for the local team.

Before his MLS career, Hall was part of the United States U-17 national team residency program in Bradenton and played collegiately at the University of Maryland. Hall was then drafted 11th overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by the Red Bulls.

Hall now joins fellow teammate Darnell King as local players for the Rowdies who finished 8th in the standings last season.