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Chad Ochocinco to tryout with Sporting KC

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Chad Ochocinco will try to play a different kind of football during the NFL lockout. Never short on publicity-grabbing ideas, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver is set for a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer starting Tuesday. The club said Wednesday after the tryout, it would determine whether to extend the trial period. “We’re always searching for players who can help our team and bringing in new talent,” Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes said. “We know that Chad is an exceptional athlete and that he loves the sport of soccer, and he did play a lot when he was younger. “We’re excited to see how his skills will translate once he arrives next week and begins training with our team.” Ochocinco started playing soccer at age four but chose to focus on football in high school. “Due to the NFL lockout, I’m excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team,” Ochocinco said. The reality TV star is friends with such big names in soccer as Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. He has said he uses a soccer ball to warm up for NFL practices and games. Sporting Kansas City, which changed its name from the Wizards in conjunction with moving into a new stadium, opens its MLS season Saturday. It narrowly missed the playoffs last year. But the NFL receiver also has some legal issues to deal with after an Ohio judge ordered him to pay Exclusive Wear $11,717 for clothing the Cincinnati store says he never paid for. The store, which is owned by AMM One Inc., says that on shopping trips in late 2008 and early 2009, the player took items including a $575 Al Wissam Bomber coat, $400 Mauri alligator shoes and $350 Laguna beach jeans but never paid for them. Lawyer Joseph Honerlaw said Wednesday the store reminded Ochocinco repeatedly he needed to pay up before filing legal action in December. Bouchard ordered the default judgment Tuesday after Ochocinco didn’t appear in court.

**Update**

This has got me wondering if the NBA were to lockout also (which is possible) if Vancouver Whitecaps part-owner and Pheonix Suns point guard, Steve Nash would join the Whitecaps FC. I am going to be looking into this, as I am sure it will come up following the Ochocinco news

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One response

  1. I watch as much NFL as possible.there’s usually 3 or 4 games broadcast here in Ireland. While I am familiar with the extremely talented NFL player Ochocinco, I wasn’t familiar with the soccer player. How do young players who have dedicated themselves uniquely to soccer feel about being overlooked in favour of someone with more celebrity status? If he is good enough to make the changeover I have no problem with it, I’ve started to look a litter closer at the MLS in recent times and I’m rooting for the league to be as successful as possible. I hope it doesn’t turn itself into a circus because that’s where the NASL failed.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:52 am

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