Player Details


Tesho Akindele


6' 1"


174 lbs

Date of Birth

3.31.1992 (30)


Calgary, Alberta Canada


2022 MLS Regular Season
2022 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

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Akindele was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.


2017: Appeared in 28 MLS matches, starting in 15 and racking up four goals… Scored his first goal of the season vs. Portland on 4/29… Scored FC Dallas’ 1,000th goal vs. RSL on 4/3… Played his 100th FC Dallas game on 6/17 vs. Vancouver… Recorded 1,511 minutes… Appeared in eight CONCACAF matches, starting in three and tallying three assists… Appeared in three USOC matches
2016: Started 15 regular season games, one US Open Cup game and two CONCACAF Championship League games… Appeared in 31 FCD games, 4 US Open Cup games, 4 CONCACAF games and both playoff games against Seattle… Recorded six goals and four assists this season… Scored twice on 5/21 against NE
2015: Appeared in 32 matches for FCD, starting 14 of them… Scored six goals and recorded one assist this season… Subbed in and scored on his first touch of the game on the 84th minute during a playoff match against Seattle…FCD won five out of six games when he scored..
2014: Won the first MLS Rookie of the Year award in FC Dallas history by scoring seven goals and three assists in 26 regular season matches (18 games started)… Scored his first goal in a 2-1 loss in LA on 5/21… Picked up his first career assist in a 2-2 draw in Portland on 6/11… Scored in back-to-back games (7/4 – 7/19), both wins against Philadelphia and New England… Scored his first career game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory against Chivas USA in LA on 8/3… Netted his first career hat-trick in a 5-0 win in San Jose on 8/16… Scored his first career playoff goal in a 2-1 win against Vancouver at Toyota Stadium on 10/29.


2017: Called up to the Canadian National Team on 1/10, 6/5 and 8/27, appearing in a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on 9/2
2016: Tesho played for the Canada’s National Team in three international games and three World Cup Qualifiers… Scored one goal on 6/3 in an international friendly vs. Azerbaijan
2015: Chose to play for the Canadian National Men’s Team and had dream debut on 6/16, when he scored his first goal on a 4-0 win over Dominica… Started in Gold Cup matches against El Salvador and Jamaica… Called in by U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for a camp in Carson, Calif., 1/12 through 2/8… Returned from camp early due to not being Cap-tied to the U.S. (eligible to play for either the U.S. or Canada).


He became the first MLS player to graduate from SNHU since their partnership with Major League Soccer on 11/17, 2017. A native of Thornton, Colo., Akindele played four seasons for the Colorado School of Mines where the 6’1” forward became the school’s all-time goals leader with 76 goals scored. He ranked second in the nation in goals scored in 2012 with 22 and was named a First Team NSCAA All-American and the 2012 RMAC Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts. Also an NSCAA First Team All-American and the RMAC Freshman of the Year in 2010, Akindele was the first player in the history of his school’s conference to score three consecutive hat tricks.


Akindele’s favorite movie is Remember the Titans… His favorite artist is rapper The Game… His favorite video game is FIFA… He admires retired French forward Thierry Henry… He has a 2-year-old black Labrador named Duke… He is a fan of English Premier League team Arsenal.