Djimi Traore enters his first season as an Assistant Coach for Sounders FC, where he specializes with defenders. Traore played professionally from 1996-2014, starting with French club Laval until 1999. The center back then moved onto Liverpool, where he made 88 appearances over the next seven seasons. In 2005, Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League on penalty kicks against Milan. Traore started the match at left back and played all 120 minutes. From 2006-2007, Traore made 11 appearances for English side Charlton Athletic FC, and then played in 13 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 36 appearances. Traore played with Marseille for 11 matches in 2011-2012 before joining the Rave Green.
With Seattle, Traore appeared in 42 league matches on the backline. 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.