Toronto FC’s Dichio announces retirement

Toronto FC veteran Danny Dichio has announced his retirement from the game.

Toronto FC veteran Danny Dichio has announced his retirement from the game.

The 34-year old forward gave the news at a press conference on Wednesday and his presence from the Toronto first team will be sorely missed.

Born in England, Dichio began his career with Queens Park Rangers in 1993 before featuring with Welling United, Barnet, Italian clubs Sampdoria and Lecce, back to England with Sunderland then onto West Brom, Derby County, Millwall and Preston before crossing to MLS.

He will be remembered at the BMO field for scoring Toronto FC’s first ever MLS goal, despite the fact he doesn’t particularly rate the finish.

"It wasn't a great goal, by any means," Dichio recalled Wednesday. "But it meant a lot to the future of this club, and I'll take that memory with me wherever I go."

Dichio will now serve as an ambassador for the club help with coaching, beginning with the academy players before moving to the first team next year.

"It's a big step for me. It's going to be a hard transition but it's one I'm looking forward to," Dichio added.

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