According to the Canadian Press on Monday, Calgary native Tesho Akindele was named the Major League Soccer player of the week for week 23 of the season. Akindele recorded a hat trick on Saturday as FC Dallas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0.
Akindele now has six goals in his last six games. Akindele also scored in a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on July 4, in a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution on July 19 and in a 1-0 win over Chivas USA on August 3.
Akindele, who at 22 years of age is playing in his first year of Major League Soccer, has been very accurate. In his 24 shots on target this season, Akindele has seven goals overall.
FC Dallas is currently in third place in the Western Conference. They have 39 points overall--three points back of Real Salt Lake or first place in the conference and eight points up on the Portland Timbers for a playoff spot.
Akindele is now tied for second in goals on FC Dallas this season. Brazilian defender Michel also has seven goals, while Colombian forward Fabian Castillo leads FC Dallas with eight goals.
A forward who wears number 13, Akindele is the only Canadian on the entire FC Dallas roster. FC Dallas next plays Real Salt Lake on Friday.
In other MLS news, there is a strong possibility that two Canadian teams could make the MLS playoffs in the same season for the very first time. Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps are currently in playoff spots. Toronto FC, which is in third place in the Eastern Conference, have missed the playoffs in their first seven seasons in the league. The Whitecaps meanwhile currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference, two points up on the Portland Timbers. The Whitecaps made the 2012 MLS playoffs, but lost 2-1 to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the knockout round.