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'Easy choice' for Akindele to join MLS, parents hesitant

6:32 PM, Jan 18, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - It's not typical for a Colorado School of Mines student to give up on an opportunity to finish their degree. Even with some special circumstance for Tesho Akindele, his parents were not all too pleased. 

"At first I told my parents that I was going to withdraw from school, because I wanted to play in the MLS and they weren't too happy with it," Akindele said.

The Oredigger senior was selected 6th overall in the Major League Soccer draft by FC Dallas and will have to postpone earning his engineering degree until a later date.  He became the first ever Mines men's soccer player to be chosen.

"I wouldn't have been happy if I didn't try to play soccer and it worked out for the best," he continued.

Akindele's parents did eventually change their minds and do support their son as he prepares to play professional soccer. The two-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference player of the year said he will eventually return to finish degree, but this chance was simply too good to pass up.

"It was an easy choice for me; I didn't want to waste my time in school and I didn't," said Akindele.

He went to Mines soccer camps since the age of 10. After he graduated from Northglenn High School and joined the Orediggers squad he didn't disguise his aspirations with the coaching staff. Akindele knew what he wanted - a record 76 goals in his four year career - and he was set in doing it.  

"I told them what I wanted to do when I came here," he said. "I wanted to get a good degree but I also wanted to try to become a professional soccer player."

Each - a degree from Mines and an opportunity to play in the MLS - is a rare feat, Akindele gets to do both. 

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