Julien Baudet joined the Sounders in an off-season trade that sent Peter Vagenas to Colorado.
Baudet had joined Colorado from English League One side Crewe Alexandra, where he served as team captain the last few seasons. Baudet's career began in France with Ligue 1 club Toulouse, followed by stints with Oldham Athletic, Rotherham United, and Notts County in England. Throughout his career, he has tallied 18 goals and three assists from his center back position. An accomplished skier in his youth, Baudet should find his new surroundings familiar at the feet of the Rocky Mountains.
2009: Played in 10 games, with 9 starts, this season, playing in 768 minutes and scored one goal…Nominated for MLS Save of the Week for his goal saving recovery at Toronto (9/12)…Returned to the field vs. Houston (8/30) as a first half sub, after missing three games and scored his first career MLS goal, a game winner, against the Dynamo…Had surgery on left forearm on July 30…Suffered fractures in his left forearm vs. New York (7/25) leaving the game after 38 minutes in home debut…Made his MLS debut and first career start playing 72 minutes at D.C. United (7/18)…Garnered first-ever appearance in Rapids kit and played 57 minutes in friendly vs. Club America (7/15).
OTHER PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
2008-09: Appeared in 41 matches for Crewe Alexandra- 35 English League One, 3 FA Cup and 3 Carling Cup…Served as team captain for a third consecutive season…Made decision to leave Crewe after season ended with relegation to League Two… 2007-08: Earned both club and supporters Player of the year honors…Captained the team once again in the absence of Neil Cox and scored one goal on the year in a 2-2 draw with Swansea… 2006-07: Came to the Alex in June 2006 on a free transfer having rejected a contract at Notts County…Formed a strong partnership with Danny O'Donnell towards the tail end of the season…Was featured as the club captain in the absence of Neil Cox and netted his first goal for Crewe in 2-0 win over Carlisle… 2005-06: Played in 45 matches with Notts County…Serves as captain for the Magpies…Registered seven goals on the season… 2004-05: Played in 41 games in his first season with Notts County…Tallied six goals on the year… 2003-04: Only played one season for Rotherham United following a summer transfer and made just 12 senior appearances… 2002-03: Second season with Oldham Athletic…Appeared in 24 matches and scored twice…Served as club captain… 2001-02: Joined the Latics on a free transfer and played in 14 games his first season…Scored his only goal of the year on April 20 against Queens Park Rangers… 1999-01: Began his career with Toulouse FC in France, where he spent two years, making 21 league appearances.
At a young age, Baudet excelled as a skier, but chose to concentrate at football…Was voted by Crewe Supporters as the Fans' Player of the Year for the 2007-08 season…Nicknamed "the beast" by Crewe fans.