Posted by: mdegeorge | March 16, 2011

Ochocinco to take the corner? It may happen

Post lock-out plans: Ochocinco taking it to the soccer pitch?

With one football season severely in jeopardy, it appears one of the NFL’s most vocal and public stars, Chad Ochocinco, might be trading in his pads for another football season.

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Much to the UFL’s dismay, the new football Ochocinco will be chasing will be round and he won’t be using his hands.

The Cincinnati Bengals wideout is an unabashed lover of the beautiful game, even warming up with a soccer ball before his NFL games. Now that his day job is out of the way, he is pursuing his love with a practice/trial with Sporting KC.

Ochocinco tweeted earlier this morning:

Wow y’all won’t believe this 🙂 #OCNNBreakingNews I’ll be playing on the MLS team @SportingKC on march 22nd, thank everyone involved especially coach Vermes #EPIC

The club’s official Twitter confirmed the trial (not that we can’t believe Ochocinco), tweeting:

Excited to have @ochocinco coming in to tryout/train with the team next week. More details to come….

Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl corroborated the story by contacting a team official and tweeting, “Just spoke to KC press officer: @Ochocinco on trial w/team next Tue-Fri. Coach Peter Vermes is serious about it, as is Ochocinco. We’ll see!” Ochocinco has also been in contact with KC’s prized young American international Teal Bunbury on Twitter.

There’s no doubt Ochocinco has the physical ability and is a world-class athlete. SI’s soccer editor Jen Chang has been all over the matter this morning and has spoken to Ochocinco in the past about his soccer background, which the receiver described as his sports “true love”.

Whether this is an actual serious trial where Ochocinco expects to step in and play for this team remains to be seen (my inclination is no). But this doesn’t seem like the case of a player stepping into a fantasy camp. Ochocinco may be able to hold his own on the field in training. Whether or not it’s enough to earn a spot on the team, or if that’s even something SportingKC is interested in, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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