Colorado Rapids announced on Wednesday that the club has signed forward Dominique Badji, the 67th overall selection (fourth round) in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. The Boston University product has been added to the team’s roster. Per MLS and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We saw Dominique in the MLS Player Combine and he performed well,” said Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni. “We thought he could bring something to the group. Once he settled in with us he really found his game and showed his qualities.
“He is a dynamic player, good in the air and can finish well with both feet. He is a good guy, on and off the field.
“As a young player coming out of college he will need time to reach his full potential, however we are confident that he has the necessary attributes to develop into a top MLS striker."
Born in Senegal, the six foot tall striker helped Boston to its first conference championship final appearance since 2009 with a personal-best eight goals and four assists. That form earned Badji the 2014 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year award.
After being drafted, Badji has enjoyed an impressive preseason with the Rapids, scoring against UNLV and Sporting KC.
“The staff have done a tremendous job of identifying Badji as a talented young player,” added Paul Bravo, Vice President of Soccer Operations and Technical Director. "He has proven in preseason he can have a positive impact on our group this season and hopefully that will continue in MLS during the coming years.”
Hometown: Dakar, Senegal