Some are taking up boxing; others are just taking longer vacations. But for Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, he's going back to the sport of his childhood –- soccer.
Ochocinco is going to be trying out for Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City over the next few days. The team, formerly known as the Kansas City Wizards, will take a look at Ochocinco and see if he'd be able to compete and play with MLS level players.
"We're always searching for players who can help our team and bring in new talent," Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes told the Associated Press. "We know that Chad is an exceptional athlete and that he loves the sport of soccer, and he did play a lot when he was younger. We're excited to see how his skills will translate once he arrives next week and begins training with our team."
Ochocinco was just a toddler when he first stepped onto a soccer field. In an interview with Soccer Talk Live on Fox Sports Website in 2010, he said that, despite his success in football, soccer has always been a sport he loved.
"Soccer was always my first sport," he said. "That was my first love. Starting from 4 years old, and once I got to high school, I had to make a decision on what I wanted to focus on and take me to the next level."
In a press release from Sporting Kansas City, Ochocinco said:
"Due to the NFL lockout, I'm excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team. Thanks to Sporting Kansas City for giving me this opportunity."
Publicity stunt or not, if he makes it on the team, we're sure that'll get more people watching, especially if there's no NFL season. The Major League Soccer season begins this week and runs until November.
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