Days three and four of Ochocinco’s tryout have been low key. He’ll get to show his wares in a “reserve” game involving the team’s backups against a local minor league team on Monday.
Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes is giving Ochocinco the opportunity as a nod to his work ethic and attitude during the tryout.
“There’s not much that he’s going to do on Monday that’s gonna [make me] be like ‘Oh my god,’ ” Vermes told the Kansas City Star. “It’s obvious he’s not going to have a major impact on our team. But I’m giving him the full benefit of going through the process of a tryout because . . . he’s been a class act around here.”
Monday’s game figures to be Ochocinco’s final day with the team, despite noticeable progress in Ocho’s game. The Bengals receiver says he’s made “baby steps” but admits there’s no way he can truly compete at a professional soccer level yet.
And he doesn’t seem to mind.
“I’ve lived the dream already,” Ochocinco said. “Just to be able to walk in the locker room and wear this Sporting KC jersey is enough for me. I could die tomorrow and be satisfied. Regardless of what people say, this has been awesome.”