FC Dallas is trading forward Dominique Badji to Major League Soccer expansion side Nashville SC in exchange for $150,000 in 2020 general allocation money and $175,000 in 2020 targeted allocation money, the teams announced Monday. FC Dallas can receive an additional $75,000 in GAM if Badji reachers certain performance objectives.
Badji made 28 appearances for FC Dallas in 2019, scoring six goals and providing three assists from the striker and left-wing positions. He totaled eight goals and four assists in 38 appearances after coming to Dallas from the Colorado Rapids midway through 2018 in a trade that involved midfielder Kellyn Acosta.
Badji’s natural position is striker, from where he has contributed 20 goals and 11 assists in 71 games during his MLS career. FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez played Badji on the wing in an attempt to find a place for the 27-year-old FCD’s lineup and to provide a spark on the left side. Badji struggled to adapt to the role even with his goal-scoring success.
“On the wing, what’s required of me is different,” Badji told Pro Soccer USA in August. “I’m looking to get assists — of course, I’m looking to get goals also— and get more touches in the middle of the field as opposed to, in the box or in the final third. But, as we’ve seen this season, I can score goals on the wing too.”
Badji joins a Nashville side that is building its inaugural roster with versatility in mind.
“Dominique is a menace to play against,” Nashville SC general manager Mike Jacobs said in a statement. “Versatile enough to play centrally and on the flanks, his combination of pace, strength and tenacity makes him a constant goal threat.”
TRADE 🔄: We have traded Dominique Badji to @NashvilleSC.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) December 2, 2019