Ochocinco’s Less Than Stellar Public Soccer Debut

Well, #85 is clearly looking for alternative work in the (lockout) offseason, and he got his first full scrimmage with the Kansas City Wizards reserve team, just like he had been asking for:

The six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver seemed willing but unpolished during a practice game Monday, the fifth day of his tryout with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer… “It’s been a dream come true for me to be on the pitch, man, with so many of these guys who are elite athletes at the top of their game,” Ochocinco said. “I enjoyed it… Ochocinco lined up as an outside midfielder and was the tallest man on the pitch. He may also have been the fastest, but had trouble keeping up with men who’ve played soccer all their life. In one instance, there was a misplayed ball at the top of the box and he let a defender get there before him. On another, he kicked the ball out of bounds. His “light touch,” the ability to deaden the ball with the inside of his foot, was obviously not as good as that of the pros…
For publicity purposes, the MLS should find a way to get him signed somehere, but it doesn’t sound like the Wizards are too interested. Here’s his reaction after the tryout today:

Posted on March 29, 2011, in chad johnson, mls, NFL, Ochochinco, practice, soccer. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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