Here’s an unexpected and interesting bit of news from intrepid TSN reporter Luke Wileman: 22-year-old FC Dallas star Tesho Akindele has declined an invite to Canada camp.
What’s more? It’s because of interest from the United States men’s national team.
Akindele has been a star in Dallas’ rise under Oscar Pareja this season, scoring 7 times in a potential Rookie of the Year campaign after becoming the 6th overall pick in this year’s MLS SuperDraft. He also scored for Dallas in their playoff win over Vancouver.
And so it makes sense that Canada coach Benito Floro call the man up for a November 18 friendly in Panama. The problem? Akindele moved to Colorado at a young age, played at the Colorado School of Mines and is interested in representing the USMNT.
With Canada’s unproven strike force, Akindele would have the chance to make an impact almost immediately and could team with Toronto FC’s Jordan Hamilton or UConn’s Cyle Larin to produce a strike force for years to come.
But he’s waiting on the USMNT. And who’s to say he shouldn’t, if he identifies as an American more than his birth roots. Then again, it’s another story if the decision is solely in the desire of representing a more advanced national team.
Canada thought Akindele would join them for upcoming camp but he has since changed his mind
— Luke Wileman (@LukeWileman) November 5, 2014
Now the biggest question of all: Does this mean Akindele has been tabbed by Jurgen Klinsmann for an upcoming friendly, or for January’s camp? Would it mean FC Dallas fans could see their hot young prospect dancing off to Europe? Lots of questions with no answers yet.