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February 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM

DP forward Blaise Nkufo expected to retire after 2011 season

nkufo mug.jpgMany of the headlines stemming from Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid‘s teleconference Wednesday came when he revealed the team “pretty much knows” that forward Blaise Nkufo is in his final year. Some were curious if this meant the DP’s last year in Seattle or last year anywhere.

I’ve been told that the team expects the 35-year-old Nkufo to retire after the 2011.

The Swiss striker signed an 18-month contract effective last July and that was believed to be Nkufo’s last.

Naturally anything can happen down the road and minds can be changed, but right now the expectation is that Nkufo’s standout career (200+ goals, World Cup upsets, bronze statue unveilings) will come to a close after this year.

Despite joining Sounders FC midway through the 2010 season, Nkufo was the team’s third-leading scorer with five league goals in 11 games. He turns 36 in May. Any thoughts on the decision?

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