By Matt Vensel
1:15 PM EDT, March 29, 2011
Chad Ochocinco was unsuccessful in his attempt to crack the roster of MLS soccer squad Sporting Kansas City, who evaluated the Bengals wide receiver in a week-long tryout. He wasn't offered a contract, but today he was named an "honorary member" of the team by coach Peter Vermes.
If he wishes, Ochocinco will be allowed to continue honing his skills -- and bringing in publicity -- on the club's reserve team. He told The Kansas City Star that he plans on accepting the invitation.
"It’s awesome," Ochocinco said this morning. "Basically I can stay here and train as I please, which is really cool. Words can’t describe how thankful I am to be able to be here."
He added that he will "be in ridiculous shape" whenever the lockout gets resolved.
I thought you might want to see video of Ochocinco out there on the pitch, so here you go:
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