Bakary “Baky” Soumare is a former professional player with a career spanning almost ten years. He represented MLS teams Chicago Fire, Philadelphia Union, Montreal Impact and FC Dallas, US Boulogne in Ligue 1 & 2 (France), and Karlsruher SC in Germany
Currently he is the Chairman of PITCH Concepts, a company he founded during his playing career that develops high-end outdoor living spaces in major cities around the world.
We discuss being an illegal immigrant in NYC, mental health, delivering pizza for Domino’s at age 15, the downside of traditional approaches to education, juvenile detention, the African Cup of Nations, Cuhautémoc Blanco’s greatness, and much more!
• Nominated as MLS Defender of the Year and named in the MLS Best XI in 2008
• MLS All Star Team, 2009
• Drafted as the second overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft
• 12 Caps for the Mali National Team, 2009-2010