Chad Ochocinco to try out for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer after ordered to repay $11K to clothing store

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Chad Ochocinco to try out for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer after ordered to repay $11K to clothing store

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco will be spending four days trying out for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer (MLS) starting on Tuesday 22 March, 2011.

Ochocinco, whose real name is Chad Javon Johnson, would like to play a different kind of football if there is a National Football League (NFL) lockout. Sporting Kansas City said that they would decide if they want to extend the trial period after the tryout is over.

"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 started to play soccer at the age of four but then chose to play American football in high school, saying that he warms up for NFL games and practices with a soccer ball.

"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

In January, Ochocinco visited Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and the rest of the Real Madrid team. He was also introduced to Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and is friends with big-name soccer players such as Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Thierry Henry.

Sporting Kansas City moved to a new stadium and changed its name from the Kansas City Wizards in November of 2010. Their 2011 season starts on Saturday after just missing a playoffs spot last year.

Aside from trying out for Sporting Kansas City, Ochocinco made headlines after being ordered to pay $11,717 to Exclusive Wear for clothing that he never paid for. The ruling was made by Hamilton County Municipal Judge Bernie Bouchard after the store said that Ochocinco took merchandise, including a $575 coat, $400 shoes and $350 jeans, but never paid for them.

Joseph Honerlaw, attorney for the store, said that the store constantly reminded Ochocinco to pay before the company took legal action. After he failed to appear in court on Tuesday, Judge Bouchard ordered the payment by default.

“My clients informed me they had given him ample opportunity to pay it and he didn’t,” Honerlaw told a newspaper Tuesday.

Ochocinco acknowledged the situation via his Twitter account on Tuesday.

"I've been informed I've a 2 year outstanding balance of 11k at an urban clothing store in Cincy. I'll pay it when I return from Mars."

Ochocinco legally changed his name to Ochocinco, which is his jersey number, 85, in Spanish. He is the Bengals all-time leader in touchdown catches, receiving yards and receptions.