NFL receiver to tryout for Sporting KC
Chad Ochocinco, a wide receiver for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals, will be in Kansas City next week for a four-day tryout with Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City.
Following the tryout, which will begin Tuesday, the team will determine whether to extend Ochocinco's trial period with the team.
The NFL player played soccer as a youth before turning his focus to football. He is a six-time Pro Bowl selection during his 10-year NFL career.
"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’s interest in soccer is well documented and dates back to his playing days as a striker in his youth. The Miami native was introduced to the game at age four and played competitively until attending Miami Beach Senior 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. “Thanks to Sporting Kansas City for giving me this opportunity.”