The 25-year-old native of Senegal has been the sole star in an otherwise lifeless Rapids attack over the past three years, scoring 22 goals over the past three seasons and being assisting in another 12 — 36 percent of the Rapids goals over that span.
But don’t take it from me, let’s take a look at each of Badji’s goals so far in 2018.
March 24 | Rapids vs. Sporting KC
His first goal of 2018 was fairly inauspicious, but was a nice bit of finishing that we don’t always (or even normally) see from our current attackers (see Roland Lamah, two days ago).
March 31 | Rapids vs. Union
Badji notched Colorado’s first hat trick in seven years back in March, and he started things off with a nifty poacher’s finish from a corner kick that was flicked-on by a teammate.
We see an excellent example of great Karma as Badji looks to lay the ball to his teammate, only to be richly rewarded for his kindness with a deflected ball at his feet and a gaping net.
His third of the night was one of my favorites as he shows off a Michael Barrios-esq first touch, some Fabian Castillo-esq on-ball-shiftiness and a Maxi Urruti-esq slotted finish. That’s three solid FCD players in one — the math is right there.
April 29 | Rapids vs. Orlando City
My favorite goal of his, and very similar to the one directly above, Badji’s first touch is just delectable (even after tracking the lofted ball for quite a while) and he puts excellent pace on his finishing shot with a defender breathing down his neck and a keeper off his line. I’ll take class like that Monday through Friday, 9-to-5.
June 13 | Rapids vs. Fire
This is the goal that excites me most about how Dominique can fit into the Dallas attack. He’s fed in a semi-dangerous area — an area the team already consistently gets to — then creates his own fully-dangerous chance by splitting the defenders and finishing to the bottom-right corner, even while off-balance.
A situation like this with Urruti normally sees him holding up the play and looking for a winger flanking him, which isn’t bad, but with Badji’s quick feet, he can make the opportunity himself.
July 7 | Impact vs. Rapids
Badji’s only goal on the road in 2018 also happens to be his most-recent, featuring a simple but opportunistic finish from essentially inside the goal. Nothing difficult about this one, but must I remind you again, Roland Lamah. Against Houston. Two days ago.
So after seeing Badji’s offensive performance so far this season, what are your thoughts on the new FC Dallas attacker? Sound off below in the comments!