The FC Dallas striker is interested in pledging his international future to Canada, but he has yet to hear from head coach Benito Floro or the CSA.
Following Dallas' 2-2 draw with host Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday afternoon, the 22-year-old revealed his interest in pledging his international future to Canada, but that neither head coach Benito Floro nor any official from the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) has contacted him at this stage.
"Nobody’s called me yet," said Akindele. "I heard some stuff at the beginning of the season, like they might call me, but nobody’s called me recently, and it would just be a good opportunity if they do call me. I'm just thankful that there's a buzz around my name with Canada more than anything else."
Born in Calgary, Alberta, and raised in Thornton, Colorado, Akindele is eligible to play internationally for Canada, the United States, and — through his father — Nigeria. Despite his options, the striker is keen to not only don the red of FC Dallas, but the red of Canada as well.
"I've got family in Nigeria, I’ve lived in the U.S., and I was born in Canada, so I guess I’m pretty international," he said. "Nobody else has called me, so I’d say I’m leaning towards Canada.
"I came back to Canada every summer to visit my grandparents. I have a ton of family here. I feel pretty Canadian, so I love the country."MORE: Full Goal 50 list | Beautiful fans in Brazil
The fact that Akindele's name is being mentioned with international soccer is remarkable in itself. After a four-year college career with little-known Colorado School of Mines, the forward made a splash with his performances during January's MLS Player Combine. It prompted FC Dallas to make Akindele the highest-ever MLS SuperDraft pick from an NCAA Division II school when they selected him sixth overall.
The rookie has re-paid the faith shown in him by the Texas outfit with three goals and an assist in 13 MLS appearances, with Akindele having started FC Dallas' last nine matches in the league.
He even has previous dealings with the Canadian national team program, having played and trained alongside Whitecaps midfielder Russell Teibert during a U-17 national team camp in Costa Rica in the spring of 2009. This included an appearance in a 2-0 friendly defeat versus Costa Rica U-17's on April 2 of that year.
On that 2009 training camp, Akindele admitted: "It was a good experience, but I didn't play that well, so it makes sense why they didn't call me back."
It remains to be seen if Akindele will earn a call-up to Floro's squad for the Sept. 9 friendly versus CONCACAF rival Jamaica in Toronto, but the striker believes he can be a positive contributor to the Canadian set-up.
"I'm a hard-working person. I can score goals and I've got some speed. Those are three things I can bring to the team," Akindele said. "I think lately Canada has been struggling to score goals, so when people see someone who is scoring goals, everybody is excited about that. Hopefully, I could be that guy."
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja believes Canada should give Akindele a closer look.
"The Canadian national team has a great asset with him, and we’re very proud to have him on our team," said the Colombian tactician. "He’s a great player, who has become a great professional in a short amount of time. This is due to the help he’s had from his teammates. He’s a great, coachable kid, and he’s doing it."