Dominique Badji

Dominique Badji (born October 16, 1992) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Nashville SC in Major League Soccer.

Dominique Badji
Badji playing for Colorado Rapids in 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-10-16) 16 October 1992
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Nashville SC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Boston University Terriers 69 (26)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Real Boston Rams 6 (4)
2015–2018 Colorado Rapids 91 (24)
2015Charlotte Independence (loan) 6 (3)
2018–2020 FC Dallas 38 (8)
2020– Nashville SC 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 October 2019

Career

Early life

Born in Dakar, Senegal, Badji moved to Tanzania and Zimbabwe prior to moving to the United States to help further his education. Badji spent 2 years at Episcopal High School, a prestigious boarding school in Alexandria, Virginia on a full scholarship before eventually attending Boston University where he played soccer for the Boston University Terriers.[1] While with the Terriers, Badji received many awards, the latest of which included 2014 All Region First Team Awards and the 2014 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year award.[1] Badji was one of the most athletic collegiate players heading into the MLS Combine in 2015 in Fort. Lauderdale, Florida, and his testing numbers on the first day backed it up.[2] With a time of 3.98 secs in the 30-meter dash, 4.10 secs in the 5–10–5 agility and a vertical leap of 36 inches, Badji was the only athlete to score in the top 10 of each category.[2]

Colorado Rapids

On January 15, 2015, Badji was selected by the Colorado Rapids as the 67th overall selection during the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.[1] After impressing the coaching staff during pre-season, Badji was signed to a professional contract on March 4.[1] Badji scored his first professional goal on April 10 against FC Dallas, ending a 600 minute goalless drought for the club, dating back to 2014.[3] Badji's performance earned him a spot on the MLS Team of the Week alongside teammate Dillon Powers [4]

FC Dallas

On July 23, 2018 Badji was announced to be traded to FC Dallas for the midfielder and USMNT Player Kellyn Acosta. Badji made his debut for the club in august of 2018 against the Seattle Sounders and scored. Dallas went on to lose that game 2–1. Badji was subbed on and started games for the club more frequently. He achieved a total of 10 appearances for the club in the 2018 Season.

Nashville SC

On December 2, 2019, Nashville SC acquired Badji from FC Dallas in exchange for $175,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and $150,000 in General Allocation Money.[5].

Career statistics

As of December 3, 2019[6]
Club Season League Open Cup League Cup CONCACAF Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Colorado Rapids 2015 MLS 15222174
2016 2762140337
2017 339213510
2018 1670020187
Total 912464402010328
Charlotte Independence (loan) 2015 USL6262
FC Dallas 2018 MLS 102000000102
2019 286000000286
Career total 1353464402014738

References

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