HOW ACQUIRED: Traded from Dallas on December 9, 2018.
A diamond in the rough who wowed MLS scouts at the 2014 MLS Combine after a prolific NCAA Division II career. Akindele brings size, speed and smart movement to a range of attacking roles. He was a valuable offensive presence for an FC Dallas side for four years and will look to do the same with Orlando in 2019.
INTERNATIONAL: Dual-eligible for the US and Canada, he accepted Jurgen Klinsmann's call to the 2015 USMNT January camp but eventually elected to represent the country of his birth, for whom he'd previously played at U-17 level. Akindele made his CanMNT debut in a World Cup qualifier vs. Dominica on June 11, scored his first goal in the second leg of the home-and-home series and went on to earn eight caps in his first year with Les Rouges.
COLLEGE: Born in Calgary but raised in Thornton, Colo., Akindele played four seasons for the Colorado School of Mines, where the 6’1” forward became the school’s all-time goals leader with 76 goals scored. He ranked second in the nation in goals scored in 2012 with 22 and was named a First Team NSCAA All-American and the 2012 RMAC Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts. Named an NSCAA First Team All-American in 2010, Akindele was the first player in the history of his school’s conference to score three consecutive hat tricks.
NOTES: MLS Rookie of the Year 2014. No. 6 overall pick in 2014 SuperDraft.