"I think I'm going to retire soon," says the former Liverpool defender, who now hopes that his Seattle Sounders side can progress to their first MLS Cup final when they play LA Galaxy on Sunday. Think, or know? "Yeah, I am. We're talking about the next few weeks."
Traore had several great moments with the Sounders, most notably when he fueled the comeback against Tigres in the CONCACAF Champions League last season. (His 30-yard volley has been viewed nearly 1.5 million times on YouTube.) He's also known as a bit of an acrobatic defender who tends to go to ground or use the overhead kick to clear balls.
This year he lost his starting role through injury and never earned it back as Zach Scott took over the partnership with Chad Marshall.
At the end of the interview Djimi talks about falling in love with Seattle, the Sounders, the fans and his future role with the front office here. Seattle is currently short a couple of coaches (one for the first team, an assistant with Sounders 2 and maybe some help in the Academy).
A green card awaits – as, it is hinted, might be some form of backroom role at Seattle.
Seattle has the opportunity to send a Champions League winner out on a historical note, with a treble.