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Burgundy Wave Player Grades: Forward Dominique Badji

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The Rapids rookie had a very good first year spending time in both Commerce City and Charlotte

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We have begun our look back at individual player performances for the 2015 Colorado Rapids. Each day we will look at a different player and see what went right and what went wrong. Please feel free to leave your comments below and let us know your thoughts.

Burgundy Wave Player Grades

Player: Dominique Badji

Position: Forward

2015 Statistics (with Colorado)

Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal GWG Goal Per 90 Min
15 9 812 2 0 18 7 1 0.22

2015 Statistics (with Charlotte Independence)

Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal GWG
6 5 299 2 0 12 4 0

Highlight of the Year--The first goal of the year for the Rapids did not come until April 10th and in came from the most unlikely source in the most unlikely of games.  Badji broke the Rapids duck and helped them on to their first win of the season.  The goal was a pinpoint shot that the rookie put in and gave the Rapids hope in a season that would be needing it.

Lowlight of the Year--This is not a knock on Badji at all, but when a rookie scores your first and last goal of the season and there are only 31 other goals in between, there is something wrong with your team.

2015 Grade (B)--Badji was largely solid the bulk of the year and did spend time both in Charlotte and Commerce City this season.  He scored four goals for both teams in over 1,000 minutes and at times did play like a rookie.  But he did record 30 shots this season with 11 shots on goal with the four tallies.  Not a bad start for the fourth round draft pick.

2016 Outlook--I like Badji and I hope that he gets more play next year.  Kevin Doyle is the unquestioned started up front in the 4-2-3-1 formation, but Badji should get more opportunities to play on the wing and be one of the key RapKids going into next season.