Could Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals actually make it in the MLS?
In his four-day trial with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, enabled by the NFL lockout and instigated by the eccentric player himself, Ochocinco is trying to prove to his buddies and Real Madrid superstars Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo that he could just as well have been a soccer player. In so doing, he might decide a long-standing debate over whether the U.S. would be a better soccer nation if more of its elite athletes played the sport.
The principals involved insist this is no stunt, like when Ochocinco appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” had his own reality television show or raced a thoroughbred horse.
“We went to dinner when he first got here and he told me straight up that he’s dead serious and really wants this,” said the team’s young U.S. national team striker Teal Bunbury. “He doesn’t want to waste anybody’s time.”