Ochocinco would be more of a draw than Beckham

I think that this publicity stunt and if he can actually have a chance will make more of an impact on youth and adult attitudes towards soccer than Beckham. He is from the ‘big brother’ sport of american football and can legitimize soccer by showing the difficulty of the skills involved in soccer. If he can get in shape, which he has shown is much more rigorous than the NFL, he may also be able to help answer the questions about what would happen if the best American athletes played soccer.

Sporting Kansas City has invited National Football League star Chad Ochocinco to Kansas City next week for a four-day tryout with the Major League Soccer club. Following the tryout, set to begin on Wednesday, Sporting Kansas City will determine whether to extend the trial period. Sign up and watch the tryout.

Ochocinco, a soccer player growing up and active supporter of the sport, has earned six NFL Pro Bowl selections in his 10-season NFL career and is well known for his media-friendly personality.

“We’re always searching for players who can help our team and bringing in new talent,” Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said. “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’s interest in soccer is well documented and dates back to his playing days as a striker in his youth. The Miami native was introduced to the game at age four and played competitively until attending Miami Beach Senior High School.

“Due to the NFL lockout, I’m excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team,” Ochocinco said. “Thanks to Sporting Kansas City for giving me this opportunity.”

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“It’s all hard,” Ochocinco told ESPN.com. “It takes extreme skill to be able to play this sport. It takes years of practice…”

additional quote from March 28

“I’ve been away from the game since I was a little kid,” he said. “I’m just having fun. The skill set is not there like it should be. All I can do out here on the pitch is probably just run fast. Other than that, I just enjoyed it.”

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