Daily Archives: March 16, 2011

Hanging with Chad: Ochocinco gets MLS tryout

The threat of a looming NFL lockout is apparently of little concern to crazy Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocino. He’s making plans to give up the gridiron and play proper football instead. Number 85, a noted soccer fan who played the game in his youth, has signed on for a four-day trial with Sporting Kansas City. Hachi Go will hit the pitch next Tuesday, hoping to fulfill what he calls “a childhood dream.”

If you follow Chad on Twitter, you’ll know already that he’s a serious footy fan: he travelled to Europe to meet top players and attend both matches and training. But trying to win a spot with Sporting KC, and not a top team across the pond, means Ochocinco is falling short of the plan he proposed for his footy career a couple of years back, when he mused about a stint in Serie A.

At The Rails would like to wish Johnson/Ochocinco the best of luck with his trial. Rejects from the EPL aren’t likely to put bums in the seats, but if Chad hangs in KC, he might bring more attention to the middling league than David Beckham ever could.

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