With six games left in the season, FC Dallas is making the final push for the Supporters’ Shield.
"We have our eye on the Supporters’ Shield," Tesho Akindele, 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year, said as the team prepares to face the Los Angeles Galaxy this weekend. "That’s kind of the goal for everybody on the team. That’s our focus. That keeps us going and pushing hard every week."
Although they have struggled as of late, the star-studded LA Galaxy are no team to brush off. The series this season is tied at one win a piece, both results ending 2-1. In August, FCD dominated for most of the match, but LA forward Robbie Keane scored two headers in five minutes to get the win for the Galaxy.
"We just need to be aware of him," Akindele said of Keane. "He’s an amazing player. He’s been amazing for like over a decade. We just got to keep an eye on him and limit his opportunities."
Akindele scored a late winner for Dallas earlier this season against LA and says hard work, concentration, and holding onto the ball is how Dallas will get three points on Sunday.
"They’re a team that likes to hold onto the ball," Akindele said. "So if we can set the pace of the game instead of letting them do it, I think that will be huge for us."
With so much on the line this weekend for both teams, head coach Oscar Pareja says the match has the feel of a playoff game.
"There is still a lot of league to go," Pareja said. "I want them to see the big picture, but at the same time keep their minds on what is next."