MSL team Sporting KC announced Wednesday that Chad Ochocinco will join the team on a four-day trial starting next Tuesday, after which the team can decide to extend the trial according to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star.
“We’re always searching for players who can help our team and bringing in new talent,” Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said in a statement. “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’s decision to try out with Sporting KC comes as the NFL and its players remain engaged of a complicated labor situation that threatens the 2011 season and could drag out for months.
“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. Ochocinco started playing soccer at age 4 but chose to focus on football in high school.