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Footy Flashes: Women's U-20 final goes Sunday, Akindele MLS Player of the Week

Tesho Akindele, left, found net three times to become MLS Player of the Week.
Tesho Akindele, left, found net three times to become MLS Player of the Week.
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The eyes of the soccer world will be fixed on Canada this Sunday as the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014 comes to a close when Nigeria takes on Germany in the championship game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

The final will give host country Canada a chance to shine, with both the match for third place between France and North Korea at 4 p.m. and the final at 7 p.m. being broadcast to more than 200 countries and regions across the world.

Tickets to the match are available online via or at the Olympic Stadium box office.

Fans that purchase tickets to the championship final can also opt-in for a front-of-the-line window to buy FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 tickets, which go on sale to the public on Sept. 10. In the first phase of ticket sales, fans can purchase Stadium Passports, which include tickets for every match day at a stadium.

Held every two years, the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup features the next generation of soccer stars, with the Canada 2014 edition showcasing players born in 1994 or later.

The best of those young stars from Canada 2014 are expected to be back in Canada next year for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, which will run in Montreal, Moncton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Edmonton.


Akindele triple secures MLS Player of the Week award

FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele’s hat trick performance sent him on his way to being named Major League Soccer Player of Week for Week 23 of the 2014 MLS season.

Akindele recorded the first three-goal match of his career in FC Dallas’ 5-0 road pounding of the San Jose Earthquakes on Aug. 16.

The rookie gave FC Dallas a 2-0 lead with his first goal in the 43rd minute. Dallas forward Fabian Castillo played the ball into Akindele outside the box, Akindele took a couple dribbles around the San Jose defence and pinged in a left-footed shot off the far post to beat San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch.

Castillo and Akindele teamed up again in the 58th minute. Castillo made an impressive individual run down the right flank past the San Jose back four. Busch saved his shot but the rebound trickled right to Akindele who poked it in for the 3-0 lead.

Akindele completed his hat trick in the 87th minute when Dallas midfielder Michel sent in a perfectly placed corner kick to the head of forward Blas Perez, Busch made another save but pushed the rebound right to Akindele who blasted the ball into the top right corner.

FC Dallas returns to action on Aug. 22 when they host Real Salt Lake at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).


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