Djimi Traore

Djimi Traore was hired as an Assistant Coach prior to the 2016 season for Sounders FC, where he specializes in working with defenders after finishing his playing career with the club from 2013-2014. Traore played professionally from 1996-2014, starting with French club Laval until 1999. The centerback then moved to Liverpool, where he made 141 appearances over the next seven seasons across all competitions. In 2005, Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League on penalty kicks against AC Milan, where Traore started the match at left-back and played all 120 minutes. From 2006-2007, Traore made 13 appearances for English side Charlton Athletic FC, and then played in 15 matches for Portsmouth from 2007-2009. Traore went on loan to Rennes of France in 2008 and England's Birmingham City in 2009.

From 2009-2011, Traore played for AS Monaco FC of Ligue 1, where he made 43 appearances. Traore played with Marseille for 20 matches in 2011-2012 before joining the Rave Green.

With Seattle, Traore appeared in 50 matches across all competitions, including 42 in league play. He scored a notable goal on a 30-yard volley during a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match against Tigres, in addition to a late game-winning volley against Sporting Kansas City on May 8, 2013.

Born in France, Traore made six appearances for the Mali National Team from 2004-2006. Traore holds a UEFA A coaching license.