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FC Dallas pick Tesho Akindele with 6th Pick in 2014 MLS Draft

FC Dallas have selected Tesho Akindele from the Colorado School of Mines.

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The suspense for the first round pick is over. FC Dallas shocked fans and journalists a bit. First, by taking a timeout, and then by trading down to #10. The Montreal Impact took their spot at #5, and Dallas was left all the way down at #10. Then, as if that wasn't enough, they went and swapped spots with Philadelphia Union, who was sitting at #6.

After finally having settled on a spot, Dallas selected Tesho Akindele from the Colorado School of Mines. If Dallas wanted a guy who could score goals, Akindele has the right kind of stuff, certainly at the collegiate level. The Canadian will look to slot into the striker depth chart at #3, though with hard work he might be able to supersede Eric Hassli, who has yet to see serious minutes (or goals, for that matter) due to persistent injuries.

Thanks to some tricky maneuvering involving allocation money that they traded to the Union, FC Dallas has now acquired an international slot, and a well-regarded goal scorer.

If Oscar Pareja seems happy with his pick (and he does), than fans can feel confident knowing that things are headed in the right direction. Oscar made no mistakes in last year's draft, and simply acquiring the Int'l slot and cash is a decent enough outcome, given the draft's lack of depth.


According to Matt Barbour, he will not cost an International Slot

First Round

Team Pick Blog
1. Philadelphia Union Andre Blake, GK Brotherly Game
2. D.C. United Steve Birnbaum, D Black and Red United
3. Vancouver Whitecaps Christian Dean, D 86 Forever
4. New England Revolution Steve Neumann, M/F The Bent Musket
5. Montreal Impact Eric Miller, D Mount Royal Soccer
6. FC Dallas Tesho Akindele, M/F Big D Soccer
7. Whitecaps Andre Lewis, M 86 Forever
8. Seattle Sounders Damion Lowe, D Sounder at Heart
9. San Jose Earthquakes J.J. Koval, M Quake, Rattle and Goal
10. Toronto FC Nick Hagglund, D Waking the Red
11. New England Revolution Patrick Mullins, M/F The Bent Musket
12. Colorado Rapids Marlon Hairston, M Burgundy Wave
13. Chicago Fire Marco Franco, D Hot Time In Old Town
14. Crew Ben Sweat, D Massive Report
15. Union Pedro Ribeiro, M Brotherly Game
16. Houston Dynamo A.J. Cochran, D Dynamo Theory
17. Portland Timbers Schillo Tshuma, M/F Stumptown Footy
18. Real Salt Lake Ryan Neil, M/D RSL Soapbox
19. Rapids Grant van de Casteele, D Burgundy Wave

Second Round

Team Blog
20. Chivas USA Thomas McNamara, M/F The Goat Parade
21. Seattle Sounders Jimmy Ockford, D Sounder at Heart
22. New York Red Bulls Chris Duvall, D Once a Metro
23. LA Galaxy Kyle Venter, D LAG Confidential
24. Toronto FC Daniel Lovitz, M Waking the Red
25. Union Kevin Cope, D Brotherly Game
26. Timbers Taylor Peay, D Stumptown Footy
27. Union Robbie Derschang, M/D Brotherly Game
28. Earthquakes Joe Sofia, D Quake, Rattle and Goal
29. D.C. United Victor Muñoz, M Black and Red United
30. Whitecaps Mamadou Diouf, F 86 Forever
31. Revolution Alec Sundly, M The Bent Musket
32. Dynamo Mark Sherrod, F Dynamo Theory
33. Rapids Jared Watts, M Burgundy Wave
34. Red Bulls Eric Stevenson, M Once a Metro
35. Rapids John Berner, GK Burgundy Wave
36. Timbers Aaron Long, M Stumptown Footy
37. Impact George Malki, M Mout Royal Soccer
38. Sporting Kansas City Adnan Gabeljic, F The Daily Wiz