Does anybody remember back in 2011, when the NFL was locked out and star wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco announced that he was going to be training and trialing with Sporting Kansas City? It was a fun story. It got some good press for the league, for Sporting Kansas City, and even Chad himself for being willing to push himself with a new athletic challenge.
So Chad Ochocino did not wind up getting a contract, though he did receive an honorary spot on the reserve squad, and that seemed like that was going to be end of that story. Until yesterday. Speaking to ESPN, Mr. Ochocinco said:
"Now, If I were able to get that trial with Sporting KC now, I would make the team."
Well, that's a bold statement. Go on. He did:
"Because my touch and my skill have come back. I haven't played football in, what, the past five years, and I've been playing back on the pitch the last five years."
Ok. Well, touch and skill definitely did let you down in that trial. I have to admit, watching you play soccer at 33 did not make me think that you were just five good years away from going pro. So where have you been on the pitch for these last five years?
"...just at home in general. In Miami. I play indoor. An indoor league in Miami called Midtown Soccer, and with some friends of mine in a league in Kendall, in a league called Los Picantes, so I'm back up to speed."
Wait. You mean THIS indoor league?
I love the idea that Chad Ochocinco has ambitions to be a professional soccer player, and in the interview he also had some some really nice things about Sporting Kansas City, seemed to show excitement at the prospect of a Miami franchise (though admittedly, not even he knows what's going on with that), and admitted that he wasn't at a "Cristiano Ronaldo" level.
I think Chad's having some good fun here, and despite the 6 time pro-bowler's many unquestionable athletic abilities, being 38 years and never having played with professionals soccer players in his life (other than the one unsuccessful trial four years ago) makes the SKC contract a bit unrealistic.
It's a shame Chivas USA isn't around anymore. That might have happened.