From Division II Colorado School of Mines to MLS Rookie of the Year, all in less than a year. That’s what Tesho Akindele’s 2014 was like.
The FC Dallas striker took home MLS’s Rookie of the Year award today, notching seven goals and three assists during the regular season. He’s the first Dallas player to ever take home the award, which has previously been presented to U.S. men’s national team stalwarts Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra, and Ben Olsen. Ahh, the national team. Akindele is Canadian, but has been courted by the U.S. (he’s lived here since he was 8, and has a green card). In November, he turned down a call-up to the Canadian national team.
Get him a jersey, Jurgen, and figure out the logistics later.