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Ochocinco made an 'honorary member' of Sporting KC

Sporting Kansas CityChad JohnsonPeter Vermes

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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