With FC Dallas awaiting the results of an appeal of the red card that Panamanian striker, Blas Perez picked up against the Colorado Rapids, it looks likely that 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele will get the start at striker.
The Colorado native is ready for the opportunity.
“I’m excited for it, hopefully I can help lead the line and we’ll get the win,” he said.
Akindele has 2 goals and 1 assist so far in his sophomore season, which has consisted of 576 minutes. A majority of those minutes from coming off the bench.
“I’d rather start just like anyone else but I just want to make the best impact I can, if I start or come off the bench.”
The sixth overall pick out of the Colorado School of Mines played his college ball about 22 miles away from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids. Last Friday’s match in Colorado was a homecoming for Akindele.
“It’s always good (to go back to Colorado). I had a lot of friends and family that were there supporting me. It’s just a really good feeling to play in front of people I grew up with.”
Akindele will continue his 2015 campaign against FC Dallas’ bitter rivals, the Houston Dynamo, this Saturday where it looks he will be the target forward. Houston is coming off a crazy 4-4 home draw to Sporting Kansas City that saw them give up the lead late.
The second year player already has a pretty big skin on the wall against the Dynamo, having scored an overtime winner against Houston in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup last year. Recent history has Dallas with the last four victories across all competitions. The last time Houston has won a game between the two was on September 24, 2011.