The club sent $50,000 in 2022 General Allocation Money to Nashville SC for the veteran Senegalese striker, with another $50,000 in GAM if the Rapids extend Badji’s contract for 2022.
Badji re-joins Colorado after leaving in the Kellyn Acosta trade with FC Dallas midway through 2018. He joined the Rapids from Boston University via the MLS Superdraft, and has put up 33 goals and 18 assists 146 appearances in MLS, 24 of those goals coming with the Rapids.
Rapids General Manager and Executive VP Padraig Smith said about the addition of Badji, “Dom not only provides another attacking option for us, but also a veteran presence who is familiar with our club. We’re delighted to welcome him back to Colorado.”
This deal makes sense for the Rapids. Diego Rubio is really the club’s only striker, as Andre Shinyashiki is almost always utilized as a winger. Adding Badji not only gives the Rapids important depth in a congested summer schedule, but also gives them another attacking option off the bench.
It also makes sense for Nashville, who had too many options at striker, between CJ Sapong, and Designated Players Jhonder Cadiz, and Ake Loba. Badji was fourth in the depth chart on an expiring contract, best to cash in rather than let him walk for free in the winter.
Even if the Rapids don’t extend Badji’s contract for 2022, adding him for the second half of the season will help the club navigate a tricky schedule and ensures the club has plenty of options in the event of injuries or suspensions. And, with the transfer window set to close in six days, I have a feeling the Rapids aren’t quite done
I personally am thrilled to welcome Dom back to Colorado! How about you? What do you think of this move?