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SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Dominique Badji

Dominique Badji Colorado Rapids (USA TODAY Sports)

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The Colorado Rapids have started to turn things around after starting the season having been shut out in four straight matches, and as the goals have started to come, so have the minutes for rookie forward Dominique Badji.

The 67th overall selection in the 2015 MLS Draft, Badji stepped into a starting role for the Rapids and helped his team compile a 1-1-2 record in the four matches he featured in. Badji’s efforts, including his first career goal, helped Badji earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Month honors.

Badji made three starts in April, including the Rapids’ 4-0 win against FC Dallas, which is the match that saw him score his first MLS goal.

Badji beat out a field including San Jose’s Fatai Alashe, Chicago’s Matt Polster and Colorado’s Axel Sjoberg for this month’s honors.

What did you think of Badji’s performances in April? What rookie impressed you the most last month?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. As a Rapids season ticket holder I have to wholeheartedly disgaree! Badji was been awful. It’s not his fault, though, Because of the ineptness of the Rapids front office to sign a legitimate striker, Badji has been thrust into the starting XI when he is simply not ready. He has done his best but unfortunately his best is squandering chance after chance after chance. That was cost the rapids points. I think Badji does a decent foundation in which to develop but he would be better served bya loan out to our affiliate, the Charlotte Independence. Kevin Doyle and our new signing, Luis Solignac, can;t get here soon enough so Badji can take a seat. he will be better served learning from those two. Other rookies like Polster of Chicago and even our own Axel Sjoberg has been miles better.

    • Well hopefully with Solignac, we won’t have to see too much more of Badji. He could really use some time in Charlotte. Sjoberg is the better player here and he could be a ROY contender


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