Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 3:17 pm

Ochocinco earns honorary spot on Sporting KC

Posted by Will Brinson

Good news for those of you that love Chad Ochocinco: the often volatile wide receiver won't be out of a job during the lockout, as he's landed a reserve spot with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.

As everyone knows by now, Ocho got a tryout with the soccer club (and it was a VERY SERIOUS tryout not intended for publicity, which is precisely why they live streamed the event), despite not having played soccer in quite some time.

And he did well enough that he got to play in a reserve game with the team, and now he's earned a backup spot on the squad. Well, kind of anyway -- the team gave Ocho an "honorary" spot with the team and a chance to train with the reserves.

"It's awesome," Ochocinco said Tuesday morning, via the Kansas City Star. "Basically I can stay here and train as I please, which is really cool. Words can't describe how thankful I am to be able to be here."

And why wouldn't he be ecstatic? He's finally got a coach -- Sporting KC's Peter Vermes -- that doesn't publicly bash him like Marvin Lewis!

"He's been a pleasure to have here," Vermes said. "He's progressed in the days he's trained with us."

It warrants mentioning that as good as Ocho might be at soccer, and as athletic as he is, there's zero chance that publicity and ticket sales don't at least factor into this decision.

Barring Chad turning into the next Pele, he'll likely get some moderate playing time and help the team sell tons of tickets both at home and on the road. After all, America does love a spectacle.

And he'll probably have a clause in his contract -- see the quote, "as I please" -- where he can leave Sporting KC as soon as the lockout's lifted and it's time top play football again.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 1:40 pm

Video of Ochocinco's soccer tryout

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s hard to tell if Chad Ochocinco’s tryout with the MLS’ Kansas City Sporting (the heck kind of team name is that, by the way?) is a joke or serious. Ochocinco and the team want you to believe the latter. But Ochocinco has not played soccer since high school.

You can judge for yourself. AP Kansas City, MO put together an excellent video piece of the receivers’ first day of tryouts with the team. (By the way, does anyone else think that the Kansas City coach looks sort of, just a little bit, like Brett Favre?)

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