HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player on Dec. 18, 2017.
A product of Toronto FC's much-talked about player pathway, Akinola is a promising forward that rose through the TFC academy ranks, featuring for both Toronto FC III and Toronto FC II along the way. A US youth international, Akinola can play either as a central forward or on the flanks and can threaten opposing defenses with his pace and technical ability. He made his first team debut against Minnesota United on July 4, one of four substitute appearances in 2018. He picked up his first MLS assist in a 3-0 win over Chicago on July 28.
OUTSIDE MLS: Akinola featured for Toronto FC II in the USL, making his professional debut on June 15, 2016 at the age of 16. He made 10 appearances and scored two goals for TFCII in the 2016 USL season. Akinola also spent an extended period on trial with PSV Eindhoven of the Dutch Eredivisie.
INTERNATIONAL: Akinola has been a regular in the US youth national team setup and featured in five games for the Baby Yanks as they made a run to the quarterfinals of the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. He scored one goal and added an assist for the US in their campaign.