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09/14/2009

Danny Dichio Retires

Steve Russell, Staff Photographer

Most athletes retire quietly, however, there are a handful each year where their retirement cannot go unnoticed.

Toronto FC's Danny Dichio is one of those athletes, while not a prolific goal scorer, he did score the club's first ever goal. An event that was marked that night with a blizzard of seat cushions and homoured every game in the 24th minute by the fans singing Danny Dichio's name.

Athlete retirements are emotional roller coasters and we never know what we are going to get.

Dichio was very composed, you had a sense that he was very comfortable with his choice.

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Flanked by Moe Johnston and Chris Cummins, Danny Dichio looks down during the press conference where he announces his retirement from playing, he will stay on as a coach.

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Danny Dichio smiles as he checks with a friend to make sure his wife, expecting their fourth child, is okay.

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Danny Dichio celebrates a goal against Colorado last season

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Fans loved Dichio for his strong play, he was not afraid to create a little space for himself.

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Dichio's height made him a target for many crosses and corner kicks.

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Danny Dichio leaves the field after tossing his jersey in to the tribunes at Columbus Crew Stadium in the season opener last year. About 2,500 TFC fans made the drive down.

Along with his song in the 24th minute, fans also honour him with the following chant,

Dichio! Dichio!

Danny Dichio!

He's got no hair,

But we don't care,

He's Danny Dichio

srussell@thestar.ca

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Thank you for posting all these beautiful pictures,I really enjoy them and look forward to the new ones. Keep up the great work.

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