Hometown: Dakar, Senegal
College: Boston University
Birth date: October 16, 1992
Acquired: Chosen by Colorado as the 67th overall selection (fourth round ) in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Signed to a contract on March 4, 2015.
- Opened his scoring account for 2017 in the first game of the season, heading home from point-blank range in the 1-0 success over New England Revolution at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (3/4).
- Scored his and the club's second goal of 2017 when he latched onto a defensive mistake in a 2-2 home draw at home to Minnesota United FC (3/18).
- Bagged a goal and an assist in the same game for the first time in his MLS career in the 3-0 home win over San Jose Earthquakes (5/13).
- His opening goal of the 2016 season was the game-winner in the Snow Clasico 2, versus New York Red Bulls on April 16, in a match which marked the Rapids debut of Jermaine Jones.
- Badji followed this with an assist in the 3-1 home win over Seattle Sounders FC (4/23), before netting his second of the season in the 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on August 6.
- He started more games in 2016 than in his rookie season (9), and made more appearances.
- The 2016 regular season turned out to be a slow-burner for Badji. His campaign caught fire when he was moved up top during the absence due to injury of Kevin Doyle. It was a role he would continue in, even once Doyle had returned to the lineup, and due to the key goals and assists he provided from the more advanced position.
- Badji finished the season with six goals and four assists, both career highs, while also logging more appearances, starts and minutes than in his rookie season.
- His season-high arguably came at Toyota Stadium on September 10, when his goal condemned league-leading FC Dallas to their first home defeat of the season and ended the Rapids' run of two defeats in a row.
- Scored two goals in a MLS game for the first time when netting twice in the 3-2 win at Houston Dynamo (10/8).
- Despite being chosen late in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Dominique Badji was one of several Rapids draftees who showed well in preseason training and was signed to a contract three days before the opening game at Philadelphia Union.
- A quick strong striker, he scored goals in preseason games, against UNLV and Sporting Kansas City, to impress the coaching staff.
- Though selected in the last round of the MLS SuperDraft (67th overall), rookie Badji was the first player to score for the Rapids in 2015. He opened the team's and his own MLS account in the 4-0 win at FC Dallas.
- Badji, who emerged from Boston University, also netted the Rapids' first goal in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (against Colorado Springs Switchbacks), and then scored the team's last goal of 2015, in the 4-1 loss at Portland Timbers on October 25.
- In between, he enjoyed a loan spell with USL affiliate Charlotte Independence, scoring two goals in six appearances. He was named to the USL Team of the Week in August following a brace in the 2-2 tie with New York Red Bulls II.
- The Senegal native appeared in 69 games for Boston University (64 starts) over four years, scoring 22 goals and adding nine assists. Named to the all-Patriot League first team and the NSCAA all-region first team.
- As a senior (eight goals, four assists), he led BU to its first conference championship since 2009 and was named Patriot League offensive player of the year. It was BU’s first post-season top offensive player award in conference play since 2001.
- Showing a knack for being in the right place at the right time to take advantage of scoring chances, he scored three game-winning goals, including a header in overtime to give the Terriers a 1-0 win over Army to push BU into the Patriot League title game.
- A second team all-Patriot League pick and second team all-region pick on a team that finished sixth.
- As a freshman, named America East rookie of the year and was unanimous choice for the America East all-rookie team.
- Name to first team all-state prep honors while playing for Episcopal of Virginia (Alexandria).
- Named to the ESPN Rise all-Virginia first team following his senior year.
- All-around athlete who also participated in basketball and track and field.
- Moved with his guardian from Zimbabwe, leaving his father (Daniel) and younger brother (Charles) behind, to further his education, enrolling at Episcopal High School, a boarding school in Alexandria, Va.
- Despite his young age, Badji has had quite a journey from Senegal, to Tanzania, to Zimbabwe, to the USA.
- While at BU majored in business in the School of Management.