Those of you who have been around FC Dallas for awhile likely remember Dominic Oduro well. Oduro was drafted by FCD in the second round back in 2006 and spent three seasons in Dallas before being traded to New York in a deal that brought Dave Van Den Bergh to Frisco. It was a move that, while necessary for a player looking to get more playing time, saddend many of us who enjoyed seeing him and his wife around PHP.
Dom was always a hot issue among FCD fans on the field as he was pretty much the fastest player in the league, but couldn't finish for his life. It was always "if he could just figure out to finish he would be one of the best forwards in the league."
Well the extremely likeable 26-year-old from Ghana has finally figured out how to finish and he's having a fantastic year for the red-hot Chicago Fire. Traded by Houston to Chicago for Calen Carr early in the season, Oduro has 14 goals in 30 MLS and Open Cup games for Chicago showing finishing skills that have always teased in the past.
I've only seen Oduro in a couple of games this season, but from the highlights it looks like Dom is playing with the confidence that a striker must have if they want to score goals and with his blinding speed, it's no problem for him to get behind defenses.
The FC Dallas defense will be severely tested by the Ghanaian, but if there is one player on Chicago that I'll root for it's Dominic Oduro.
I'll always remember Oduro's best day as a pro prior to this season when he came off the bench to beat RSL in Marco Ferruzzi's only win as interim manager in 2008 before Schellas Hyndman arrived. It was the best highlight of what was a dismal season.
05/24/08 Real Salt Lake vs FC Dallas (via mls)
One other Oduro highlight that will always remain in my mind is when he won the game on the last kick in Salt Lake City. It was a game that RSL absolutely dominated start to finish, but one bounce, bang and 3 points for Dallas.
Dominic Oduro (via mimo3030)
The funniest part is the end of this video where Bobby Rhine plays one of his typical pranks on Oduro.
FCD Celebrated 1-0 win at RSL on June 14, 2007 (via FCDCommunications)