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Sporting Kansas City confirm Ochocinco trials

Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes has confirmed that Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco will trial with the MLS club.

There have been rumours circulating that the 33-year old was set to try his luck in Major League Soccer and now it has been established that he will undertake a four-day test with Vermes and his squad.

"He's more for a forward, which doesn't surprise me - trying to get behind defenses," Vermes told ExtraTime Radio.

"But the big thing will be that once he gets behind the defense, can he actually finish the ball off and make the final pass. That's going to be the big thing."

And Ochocinco, who changed his surname from Johnson to represent the number '85' on his Bengals playing jersey, told Vermes that he certainly was not on board with Sporting Kansas City just for the media side of things.

"He assured me that he wasn't after this just for a media sake," Vermes added. "He said soccer has been his No. 1 sport and his passion, and if he could do it all over again, he said that he would love to play soccer. He just was talked into going into football by his grandparents, who raised him.

"I've had many players come in here on trial and a 99 percent of them had lesser physical tools than he does. For that reason - and that reason only - it's going to be a very curious way to look at a player."

Andrew Slevison
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