The partnership between the Colorado Rapids and the Charlotte Independence is going strong as it was announced today that rookie striker Dominique Badji was loaned to the Independence.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rapids96?src=hash">#Rapids96</a> loan forward Dominique Badji to <a href="https://twitter.com/USL">@USL</a> affiliate <a href="https://twitter.com/CLTIndependence">@CLTIndependence</a>. <a href="http://t.co/ytfOqsnYbR">http://t.co/ytfOqsnYbR</a> <a href="http://t.co/4KI1biOhEx">pic.twitter.com/4KI1biOhEx</a></p>— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) <a href="https://twitter.com/ColoradoRapids/status/619272825627475969">July 9, 2015</a></blockquote>
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If you are keeping count Badji joins Caleb Calvert, Carlos Alvarez, Marlon Hairston, John Berner, Charles Eloundou, and Ben Newnam as players that have spent time with Charlotte this year. For those Lads, that time on the pitch has been critical as they are getting minutes that they may not necessarily be getting here in Commerce City. And for Eloundou and Hairston, they spent time in Charlotte and then were recalled back to Colorado.
In the case of Badji, it is easy to see why this move was made. With the additions of Luis Solignac and Kevin Doyle to go along with Eloundou, Vicente Sanchez and Gabriel Torres, the Rapids were pretty set up top. Yes, Badji did bag a great goal against FC Dallas for the Rapids first goal and win of 2015. But his playing time was going to be limited here in Commerce City, so why not send him out on loan to get minutes.
His stats for the year: 9 games played, 6 starts, 492 minutes and a goal. All in all, not too shabby for the fourth round SuperDraft pick. The Rapids are high on him and I suspect we will see him sooner that later back in the Burgundy of the Rapids.