Chad Ochocinco to start working with MLS team

Since Chad Ochocinco doesn’t really seem that interested in having Tom Zbikowski whoop his ass, the Bengals wide receiver has found a safer way to spend his time during a work stoppage.

He’s playing soccer.

From Ocho’s Twitter account Wednesday: “I’ll be playing on the MLS team @SportingKC on march 22nd, thank everyone involved especially coach Vermes #EPIC”

Sporting Kansas City — apparently not the “Kansas City Sporting” — is a team in Major League Soccer.  They indicated that Ocho may not be guaranteed to actually get in a game:

“Excited to have @ochocinco coming in to tryout/train with the team next week. More details to come,” said the team’s Twitter feed.

Let him play.  If NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle can let George Plimpton kinda-sorta play in an NFL exhibition game, surely the MLS can allow Ocho to run around on the field for a few minutes.

It’s not like we have anything else to cover next week.

28 responses to “Chad Ochocinco to start working with MLS team

  1. Yeah, pursuing a sport he loves is really doing everything he can to keep his name front and center.

    Great point townie

  2. Well, the difference is that Plimpton was in an exhibition game and this is an MLS regular sea- … yeah, who am I kidding.

  3. be a man step in the ring. do you wanna dance around like a fairy on the soccer field or do you wanna throw down in the ring and get your beatin like a man?

  4. Maybe the league should start over. I’m tired of most of the players in their 30’s.

  5. wait…. when did the Kansas City Wizards change their name to Sporting Kansas City? I hate american soccer teams using european/south american style names for their teams, sounds so copy cat.

    Sporting Kansas City = Sporting Lisbon
    Real Salt Lake = Real Madrid
    DC United = Manchester United

    so cheap.

    also any team in the MLS that uses the “F.C.” designation is stupid too. Calling the sport soccer in american and then claiming the name Dallas FC (Football Club) doesn’t make any sense.

  6. If more of our better athletes played soccer, we’d be competing with the top nations year in year out. As it is, soccer gets most our 2nd rate or worse athletes and STILL is a top 20 in the world.

  7. Chad is starting to get pretty annoying. Just chill out man. You don’t always have to be doing something. There’s nothing wrong with not having your name in the news for an extended period of time.

  8. It’s interesting that he never really did reply to Zbikowski’s challenge to box. Seems he just ignored it.

    I guess he’s smarter than I thought.
    No matter what his response was, it would only have been bad for him.

  9. bengalsown says: Mar 16, 2011 1:05 PM

    “Yeah, pursuing a sport he loves is really doing everything he can to keep his name front and center.”

    I always thought his favorite sport was “whoopin’ some ass”? So why didn’t he get in the ring with Zbikowski?

  10. Maybe he can pay his clothing bill now. Why OH Why do you keep supporting this guy by following everything he does….no one cares.

  11. Soccer is a named that our country uses to refer to Football, which is way different than other countries who refer to our NFL as “American Football” So the sports true name in 100+ countires other than 1 is Football, that’s why they use the F.C. title.

    No one but us clueless americans OUTSIDE the sport call it soccer.

    In terms of D.C United what makes you think it has Manchester United? How come it can’t be sheffield united, Peterborough United, or Colchester United. Insteazd of Real Madrid, how about Real Sociedad, or Real Sporting?

  12. packfaninny52-

    A few points.

    1. Are you going to criticize these European teams as well:

    Real Sociedad?
    Real Zaragoza?
    Real Betis?
    Newcastle United?
    Sheffield United?

    2. Soccer is actually of English origin. The working class referred to the game as football, which stuck, while the aristocrats called the game soccer.

    3. Don’t recall taking “american” classes in school. I did take German and English.

    4. I will be interested to see what happens. With his size and speed he could be a threat, but he has not trained regularly and I can see his touch letting him down. If he does not make the cut, I will be intersted how his ego takes it.

    5. Should he try and fail he may really want go toe to toe with Zibi, to prove that he is a legend in his own mind.

  13. melikefootball says: Mar 16, 2011 2:22 PM

    Maybe he can pay his clothing bill now. Why OH Why do you keep supporting this guy by following everything he does….no one cares.


    Chads name is pretty clearly stated in the title of this article (and every other article on him). So obviously you cared enough to open the article, and then comment on it.

  14. What a shock that Ocho’s a soccer player, not a fighter… Pretty boy Chad and his bawling boyfriend TO are exceeded on the all-talk, no-walk list only by Bart Scott.

  15. @grenadafan

    I always wondered how the US would do if our best athletes played soccer? Kobe, Lebron? Their size and speed would be hard to mark. How many 6’6″ or 6’7″ guys playing in the NBA, who can run the floor and jump out of the gym, are there? I bet 90% of them are Americans! What about all those running backs and wide recievers! There is no doubt which country has the best athletes in the world. U.S.A.!!

    Let’s just recruit 30 guys that don’t get drafted in the NFL or NBA, train them for a year, and see how they do. LOL

  16. Chad is always talking about how he could be a pro soccer player. I think he also said he is good friends with Thierry Henry, so I’m sure he’s a fan. But if I remember correctly there was some ESPN show with the Manning brothers and some other NFLers playing different sports. One of the events involved shooting a soccer ball and I thought Chad looked pretty bad there. And while he’s in good shape, there’s a difference between what he does and what soccer players do. If he runs 100% on a play he comes off the next play for a breather. Try going 80-90% for 90 minutes. It’s a different kind of endurance than any of these other sports are used to.

    Soccer is all about touch. With his athleticism I have no doubt he could have been good had he stayed with it (assuming he used to play like he claims), but he won’t just step in there and do anything significant. You couldn’t take the 11 best non-soccer athletes in the world, train them for a year and field a good team. I have seen some clips of Kobe on a soccer field, and he actually looks like he would be pretty good at it. He might have played a lot growing up overseas too.

    Until those elite level American athletes grow up playing soccer and stick with it through college, the USA will always be an early exit in the World Cup.

  17. if anybody has seen chad johnson in the last few years let him know the bengals still suck and will always suck with headlines like this

    wake up chad

    do you see any of the steelers drawing attention to themselves? no

    thats because they are working out and training to kick your teams aSS

  18. I have no problems with people having other interests other than their current job, but what I don’t understand is when your job performance hasn’t been up to what it should be, shouldn’t your immediate concern be to find ways to improve your current position?
    Unless however your name is Carson Palmer and your alternative is to simply quit……….

  19. I think it’s a great idea, myself. Any pro soccer team (even our poor, unrespected MLS ones!) have intense training regimens…you have no choice in that sport. Great way to stay fit and have some fun. I don’t know if Ocho has the touch on the ball he’ll need to earn a spot on the roster, but his speed and agility would serve him well.
    Oh, and for those who don’t like the Euro affectations in some MLS teams’ names, our Portland Timbers are waiting to welcome you to the Timbers Army!

  20. Suggesting that our “best athletes” aren’t presently playing soccer implies ignorance on a commenter’s part. Too many times do people say, “If Reggie Bush, Kobe Bryant, A-Rod, Etc, were playing soccer, we’d have won the World Cup by now,” while not considering the following:

    1) Any idiot can kick a ball. How many can kick it on-target, in full sprint? (None of those named have demonstrated this ability…)

    2) How many of these guys have the physical enduranceto run over 7 miles for 90 minutes, often at full sprint? (No other American sport requires that of their athletes. In fact, our “top three” sports have your vaunted superstars SITTING for HALF of their matches.)

    3) Only the NFL and MLS play in less-than-ideal weather. You think Kobe’s creaky knees would last in 20-degree weather?

    4) Soccer is less about the individual and moreabout the team. American sports culture builds up the individual more than their Euro counterparts. You think any of the guys above gonna lay up a for-sure assist or make a dummy run if they think their shot has any chance to go in? I doubt it.

    The point is, soccer isn’t a better beast – put away your insecurities – but it’s a far different beast. One where your concepts of “athleticism” are thrown out the window.

    Just remember, Michael Jordan – one of our greatest “athletes” of the 90s – tried to play baseball once. He did pretty well… But he was just average when compared to guys who devoted their lives to the sport.

    Expect the same from Ochocinco.

  21. Tommyoc, you made some good points. But ultimately, I think you missed the point other people were trying to make. At the end you said “But he was just average when compared to guys who devoted their lives to the sport”

    When people say “if Kobe or Lebron played soccer we’d win the world cup” they are also implying that they have also devoted their lives to the sport of soccer instead of basketball. Not that they could just jump from basketball to soccer and immediately win us the world cup.

    Nobody would expect a superstar from basketball, baseball, or football to suddenly drop their sport and go have the same amount of success in soccer.

  22. @enders9: A valid counterpoint, but I’m not so sure if today’s top sports stars would help us on the soccer field if, in some other reality, they chose soccer as their sport of choice.

    But I think there’s an entire realm of players disqualified from this possibility. Basketball players. Why, you ask?

    Take any basketball player, for example. How many 6’8″ players are playing top-level soccer around the world? Not many, if any. If height were a bonus to playing soccer, the richest clubs in the world would be paying good money to keep and train their tallest kids in their academies. But they’re not. In fact, outside of goalkeepers, the best players in the world are hovering in the ‘average’ range.

    Of course, there’s the fact that most extremely tall folks have joint problems. Just look at how bandaged and iced they are when they’re riding the bench between playing.

    But in total, I take offense to the thought that, as one commenter stated, soccer is full of our second-class athletes. The ones less coordinated, less fit (the irony, of course, is that soccer players tend to be *the most* fit, bar none.) With 300 million+ people in our country, we’ve got plenty of athletes to dominate every sport.

    As for why we’re not dominating soccer, the answer is rather simple. Without professional development, our raw talent goes unrefined. Until 1996, we didn’t even have a recognized top-flight for our pros to play in – and make a living while doing so. But now we do. And as a result, we’ve been posting solid performances against the world’s best.

    Also keep in mind that our national program has the disadvantage of being surrounded by – with the exception of Mexico – low-ranked countries it is forced to compete against on regular occasionm, often on fields that look like battlefields. Unlike European and South American countries that compete against decently-ranked competitors frequently during regional competitions and World Cup qualifying, the United States does not. We only get to play the world’s best in friendlies or at the quadrennial World Cup. Not often enough to keep our game on a consistently refined level.

  23. @tommyoc

    To your point, many kids growing up in Europe have, for as long as they can remember, dreamed of playing soccer professionally. Kids growing up with professional American soccer as a possibility are barely old enough to play in that league. As time passes, and acceptance of soccer grows, more parents will introduce their kids to the sport.

    I do believe in the Athleticism of our soccer players, but I think it can’t be questioned that some of this country’s best Athletes play other sports. I’m not talking about 6’9″ basketball players in general, but the talent pool for soccer does not include everyone because many haven’t even tried the sport. In other countries soccer is the number one choice for nearly every kid.

    This is changing, and I think in time you’ll see American dominance (or more likely, a competitive American team) in the sport because of an increased amount of athletes playing it. It’s likely that our best potential soccer players picked up a basketball or football instead of a soccer ball at a young age. As the popularity slowly grows, hopefully that can improve and these athletic freaks like we see in many other sports start focusing on soccer from a young age.

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