In his seven years at Liverpool Djimi Traore only ever scored one goal for the club. The Frenchman netted the solitary strike against Steaua Bucharest in a UEFA Cup game in 2004. However he is more famous for putting the ball in the back of the net in less amicable standards.
His bizarre own goal against Burnley in the 2004-05 FA Cup. If he had meant it at the other end it would have been a stroke of genius but the fact remained he didn’t and it ended up being a costly mistake; Liverpool were dumped out by the lower league opposition.
If you don’t remember perhaps this will refresh your memory?
However that didn’t stop him playing at left-back in Istanbul the night Liverpool beat AC Milan in now so famous circumstances; denying Andriy Shevchenko with an important goal-line clearance.
The next season saw him below John Arne Riise and Stephen Warnock in the pecking order and rather uninspiring stints at Charlton, Portsmouth, Rennes, Birmingham City, Monaco and Marseille have since followed.
Last month however he managed to earn a deal in the MLS with the Seattle Sounders after a successful trial period joining up with the likes of former Wolves and Everton keeper Marcus Hahnemann and Fulham striker Eddie Johnson.
However he wasn’t signed for what he produced in the CONCACAF semi-final match with Tigres of Mexico this week.
His thunderous half volley ‘Tony Yeboah-ed’ its way into the back of the net as Seattle fought back from 1-0 down to triumph 3-1 and book a place in the semi-finals.
Before you take a look at the video below I have to once again remind you, and assure, that this is definitely the same Djimi Traore…
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