Major League Soccer announced the first big award of the 2014 season on Monday afternoon and FC Dallas was well represented in that as Tesho Akindele took him the league's Rookie of the Year award.
Akindele beat out Chicago's Harry Shipp and D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum for the award.
The rookie made 26 appearances in the regular season, 18 of which were starts, logging 1,748 minutes and playing every minute of the Hoops' playoff run. The 22-year-old recorded seven goals and three assists during the regular season, adding a goal in the MLS Cup Playoffs against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Akindele was named MLS Player of the Week for week 23 after he recorded his first MLS hat trick in a 5-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Aug. 16.
The Colorado School of Mines product was also the first rookie of the year to come from FC Dallas.
Akindele won all three voting tallies gaining 29.12% of the club votes, 26.10% of the media vote and 31.18% of the player votes for a weighted total of 86.40. Shipp came in at a total of 73.02 while Birnbaum came in third at 63.08.
FC Dallas was also smart to put together a clever campaign around Akindele's rookie season, which likely helped along the way to get him some extra votes at the end.