Chad Ochocinco to try out for MLS squad in Kansas City

March 16, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Now that he has a little free time on his hands, Chad Ochocinco will attempt to make the jump from pro football to pro futbol.

Next week, the outspoken and locked-out Bengals wide receiver will get a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. I'm not sure who's more desperate for attention: Ochocinco or the MLS team formely known as the Kansas City Wizards.

"We're always searching for players who can help our team and bringing in new talent," K.C. manager Peter Vermes told the Associated Press. "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."

The news that Ochocinco, who showed off his leg this preseason when taking over kicking duties for the Bengals, is attempting to switch sports comes a few days after Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski returned to professional boxing Saturday night with a first-round technical knockout of Richard Bryant.

"Due to the NFL lockout, I'm excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team," said Ochocinco, who was 18 when the MLS debuted in 1996.

Who will be the next player to announce he's pursuing a different dream while locked out by NFL owners? Tom Brady becoming a Las Vegas go-go dancer? Ben Roethlisberger starting up his own jello-wrestling circuit? Albert Haynesworth joining the competitive eating ranks? I get giddy thinking about the possibilities.

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