Orlando City SC head coach James O & # 39; Connor said flatly about his team's 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night: "It was not nice" – though he also praised Tesho Akindele for his achievements most beautiful and decisive moments of the game.
Akindle's ninth-stage goal came in a match that pushed the Lions closer to the playoff line than the crucial moment for the Canadian international's temporary yet positive year. Eight months ago, Akindele was transferred to Orlando by the team of FC Dallas, who drafted him in 2014 and put in 131 games over a five-year period.
Team player, "said O'Neo Connor after the game," I put a lot of emphasis on players who put the team first and you get performances like this. If you have to get used to it, you have people getting involved. "
" He also has excellent quality, "O & Connor continues." I think his placement is underrated. I think he's someone who's capable of scoring goals, whether he's playing to the left of the top three or whether he plays central to the top three. I think he has the ability to score goals. I am "I am happy for him because he is a great young man, I thank his family, how he deals with himself and how hard he works."
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Akindele, who took an unconventional route to the MLS through the Colorado School of Mines, was happy with his time in Orlando.
"The coaching staff really believes in me," he said. "My teammates offered me great crosses." He also said that "the opportunity to be more frequent in the field" and "just a combination of many things" enabled him to make the most of it.
He attributes his last goal to the work teammate Dom Dwyer has done in advance of his goal.
"[He made] a good, hard run into the pits, and I saw a kind of space just around the six," explained Akindele. "I thought if I go there and the ball comes to me, I could score a goal, I do not think Carlos [Ascues] looked like that, he simply put the ball in a good position and I was there and could finish it. " Dom took two or three defenders, which led to the goal. "