Video: Chad Ochocinco tries out for MLS

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  March 23, 2011 06:31 PM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco began a four-day tryout today with Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City, which of course prompted snickers and laughs around the sports world.

"Exactly what I expected," Ochocinco said. "I would be a little winded being that I haven't ran at this pace or this level since the end of our season of football. It was fun. I didn't expect to come in here and be Superman."

It also sparked a mini-dustup with his coach, Marvin Lewis, who knocked Ochocinco in comments made yesterday.

"How does he do at anything?" Lewis said. "What has he ever done that he's completed? What circle has he ever connected in any way?"

Ocho responded via Twitter:
609ochotweet.jpg

"The time I've had off from the game of this football has been a very long time," Ochocinco said. "There's no way I can make up that ground, the years I've been away from the game. But I do have a love for it."

With the NFL in a lockout and a court fight looming, Ochocinco has said now is a good time to check into another sport. Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said he tried to use the practice to help Ochocinco get acclimated to something new.

For much of the day, he had individual instruction from assistant coach Zoran Savic.

"He was a little bit hesitant early on, a little bit tentative," said Vermes. "But I think now he's got a good feel for what a day goes like for us. You can see he's very coachable. I wouldn't try to make any determinations at this point."

The video above was provided by Major League Soccer. An Associated Press report was included in this story.

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

 
We've expanded The Buzz from a page of Red Sox trade talk and reports to a full-blown blog filled with news from around the web, viral videos, and commentary from the Boston.com sports producers.

The main contributors to The Buzz are:

Buzz home

archives