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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Sun sets on Djorkaeff's stellar career


This Saturday, when the Red Bulls will fight for their playoff lives against the Kansas City Wizards where a win, and only a win, will secure the final spot in the postseason, Djorkaeff will be playing the final regular season game of his glorious career.

"I'm really excited not just because it will be my last game for the regular season, but it'll be very important for the team, too, to play for the playoffs," Djorkaeff said.

Djorkaeff's career eventually brought him through top leagues and clubs around Europe including, Monaco, Paris Saint Germain and Inter Milan. He was successful in each place, leading his teams to championships. This success was no different when Djorkaeff suited up for 'Les Blues.' Along with the World Cup win, Djorkaeff was able to help France to a European Championship (2000) and a Confederations Cup (2001).

With New York, which signed him last season after four years in the English Premiership with Bolton and Blackburn, "The Snake," as he is nicknamed, continued to slither through opposing defenses. Djorkaeff was the team's most valuable player, scoring 10 goals and adding seven assists in 24 matches in 2005. He played a key role in the team's race for a playoff spot last season, netting the game-winner vs. D.C. United on Oct. 8 in a 2-1 win at RFK Stadium.

When Djorkaeff decided to hang up his boots earlier this season, he was able to make the choice confidently.

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Youri, thanks for the memories!

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