Samir Badr is an American soccer player who played for FC Porto, Philadelphia Union, El Hodood (Egyptian Premier League), DC United, Colorado Springs Switchbacks, Oklahoma City Energy.
Prior to joining D.C. United and F.C. Porto's prestigious clubs, Badr played youth soccer with the Bethesda Road Runners, a premier soccer organization in Bethesda, Maryland. Badr also played high school soccer at Robinson Secondary School, where he scored more goals as a goalkeeper than he conceded (1 goal scored, 0 goals against). Badr was named as ESPN Rise All American Player of the Year for his high school accomplishments.
Upon finishing high school, Badr was highly scouted by many top colleges across the country, decided to forgo college soccer and join FC Porto, a premier Portuguese outfit. Badr helped FC Porto to a 2010/11 UEFA Champions of Europe title. Badr was featured by New York Times Magazine as the Future of American Soccer and was a mainstay with the U.S. National Team from U15, U17, U18, U21, and U23.
While at FC Porto, Badr trained under renowned youth trainer Pepijn Linjders. Badr eventually spent most of his spare hours assisting Linjders in developing and training elite young talent to first-team standards. His years of first-hand experience have left him with an in-depth knowledge of how to best train individual players and teams of all ages. Badr translates his know how into targeted sessions focusing on technique and educates his players on how to masterfully convert that training into more effective play on the pitch.