HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown player on January 5, 2018.
Baird capped off a sensational first season in MLS by being named the 2018 AT&T Rookie of the Year. The forward forced his way into the starting XI and Baird scored eight goals and added five assists in 31 appearances, helping lead Real Salt Lake to the team's most points since 2014. The product of RSL's academy earned his first USMNT call-up for Gregg Berhalter's January camp and made his first two appearances - and first start - in friendlies against Panama and Costa Rica.
COLLEGE: Baird was an instrumental leader in Stanford's historic NCAA College Cup run that saw the Cardinal win three consecutive national championships, becoming just the second team in division 1 history to do so. Baird, an Escondido, California native tallied 16 goals and 28 assists in his four years at Stanford while appearing in 77 total matches, making 69 starts.
INTERNATIONAL: Started all four matches for the U.S. at the 2013 Concacaf U-17 Championship in Panama and also competed for the USYNT at the U-15, U-18 and U-20 levels. Made his first senior team start against Panama on January 27, 2019 and came off the bench against Costa Rica on February 2.
NOTES: 2018 MLS Rookie of the Year