By RYAN TOLMICH
There are few players, let alone rookies, that are as hot as Tesho Akindele. Having scored three goals in his previous five games, the FC Dallas rookie put forth his best effort yet in the team’s 5-0 destruction of the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday.
The 22-year-old forward scored a hat-trick, the first of his career, with two of his three finishes coming of the poacher variety in displays of positional awareness beyond his years. Akindele was clinical in punishing a helpless Earthquakes side, as the rookie emerged from Saturday’s destruction with his, and his team’s, most impressive performance to date.
Akindele’s scoring of his fifth, sixth and seventh goals of the season have earned the young FC Dallas forward recognition as SBI MLS Rookie of the week. Akindele beat out a field of rookie candidates this week including Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake, Chicago’s Harry Shipp and Montreal’s Eric Miller.
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