Photographer: Anthony Chiang
Grooming: Barbara Guillaume, Joanna Hathcock, and Mike Evans
Styling: Kathryn Knox
Assistant Stylist: Lindsey Higgins
Baladez signed a Homegrown contract with FC Dallas on Dec. 19, 2012.
2013: Made his professional debut when he subbed in for Je-Vaughn Watson at left mid in the 63rd minute of a 0-0 draw against the Montreal Impact on 7/20… Was loaned to NASL side, Fort Lauderdale Strikers on 8/2… Finished the season with four goals in just 270 minutes of action (tied for second on the team in goals scored)… Logged the seventh-most minutes of any FC Dallas player in MLS Reserve League action (556 minutes)… Scored the lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Impact Reserves on 6/4.
Was an all-conference and NSCAA All-South honoree. In his three seasons with South Carolina, Baladez started 59 games, scored 17 goals and tallied eight assists. He was named the team Offensive MVP following his sophomore campaign, earning All-Conference USA and All-South honors. It was the second of three All-Conference USA campaigns for the Texan, who led Conference USA with five game-winning goals as a freshman in 2010.
High School/FC Dallas Academy
A former two-time Dallas Morning News Player of the Week honoree during his prep days, Baladez was voted team MVP and Most Outstanding Player at Mesquite High School while also advancing to USSF Academy League Regional Finals (2009) and USSF Academy League National Finals (2010) with the FC Dallas Academy. Baladez was the eighth Homegrown signing in FC Dallas history.
Son of Ruby Berthelette and Lupe Baladez... Majored in sociology at South Carolina… Has six brothers and sisters (Carlee, Pam, Ashton, Mikey, Joe and Jason)… Enjoys beat boxing and shooting free throws in his spare time… Would be a professional rapper if he wasn’t playing soccer… Favorite TV show is Breaking Bad… Favorite book is Green Eggs and Ham… Favorite movies are Friday and Titanic… Favorite song is Brand New by Drake and Set it off by Lil Boosie.