Hometown: Sacramento, California
Previous Club: San Jose Earthquakes
Barajas enters his second season with the Black and Yellow after signing a multi-year contract in September 2022. The 17-year-old has represented both the United States and Mexico at the youth international level.
Prior to the 2023 season, Barajas led Mexico to winning the Concacaf U-17 Championship. He started all seven of Mexico’s matches in the tournament while tallying three goals and five assists. His five helpers ranked second-most overall in the tournament.
Fidel appeared in three matches for the Battery in 2022, making his professional debut on October 1 against Hartford Athletic. Barajas registered an assist in each of his first two matches as a pro, one against Hartford and one against Indy Eleven.
A native of Sacramento, California, Barajas was previously a member of the talented San Jose Earthquakes Academy and competed in the development league MLS NEXT.
The youngster has already established quite the résumé in his career with both the U-17 U.S. national team (five caps) and the U-17 Mexico national team (20 caps, seven goals).
Before joining the Battery, Barajas competed in a UEFA Development Tournament in May 2022 with the USYNT, playing against the youth squads of Portugal, Italy and Belgium. The winger tallied an assist in the match against Belgium, a 0-3 victory. He’s also taken the field against the youth teams of Argentina and Uruguay.
He more recently represented the Mexico U-17’s in several tournaments. Barajas has competed in the Syrenka Cup in Poland, UNCAF FIFA Forward U-16 Tournament in Honduras and the International Dream Cup in Japan, along with other friendlies.
Barajas attended Elk Grove Charter School and was ranked the No. 5 player in the U.S. by TopDrawerSoccer for the 2024 high school graduating class this past June.
Prior to San Jose, Fidel was a member of Sacramento Republic FC’s academy in 2020 and youth club FC Sacramento from 2017 to 2019.
The winger holds dual citizenship with the U.S. and Mexico as his family is from Michoacán, Mexico.