Texas has seen another national team call up as FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele has been rewarded with a Canadian National Team call up, the club announced on Tuesday. Akindele was named in Canada’s January training camp squad by the interim head coach Michael Findlay.
Akindele had his strongest ever Major League Soccer (MLS) season in 2016, as he managed 31 appearances, his host yet, and scored six goals in the regular season. On top of that he continued his run of form in the playoffs scoring a goal for the third straight season.
Since 2015 Akindele has been a regular player for the Canadian National Team after his strong performances with FC Dallas. Akindele has scored twice for Canada, first against Dominica in World Cup qualifying in Canada and then against Azerbaijan in Austria.
Of course Akindele was eligible for representing both the United States and Canada, but on June 2nd 2015 he received his first call up for the two legged series against Dominica. That cap tied the youngster to Canada, the country of his birth and his mother.
The camp will start in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 12th, running there until January 18th, Canada’s version of Camp Cupcake escaping the icy north for the week. From there Canada will travel to Bermuda where they will play a friendly against the hosts, ranked 187th to Canada’s 117th on January 22nd.
In his three seasons for FC Dallas, Akindele has appeared in 85 league matches, after a strong collegiate career at Colorado School of Mines. Akindele has scored 18 goals for FC Dallas, coming after a phenomenal output in college, where he scored 76 goals from 83 appearances.