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Ochocinco's trial with Sporting Kansas City begins
03/23/2011 1:21 PM
05/16/2014 5:33 PM
NFL star Chad Ochocinco began his four-day trial with Sporting Kansas City by leading the a group of players out of the locker room and onto the field. Surprisingly, it wasn't the only action he saw on the field.
After a few small group drills and some basic fitness, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver broke apart from the team for individual training session with Kansas City assistant coach Zoran Savic. They were testing his footwork, ball skills and shooting. On the other side of the field, Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes worked with his team on planning for the game this weekend against the Chicago Fire.
The media were out in full force, snapping pictures and following the actions of the 6-time Pro Bowl wideout as he took shot after shot on goal with Savic and a few trainers.
Ochocinco did join the team for an 11-on-11 full-field scrimmage. He played as a forward on the right-hand side with a team of mostly reserve players (and assistant coach Kerry Zvagnin). He touched the ball a few times during the scrimmage, but was never able to continue play and was dispossessed often quite easily.
In a press conference following the training session, Vermes said that Ochocinco was "coachable." As for his play on the field, Ochocinco declared that he "ate humble pie" out there and has plenty more to learn and offer during his trial.
Thursday will also be a closed-to-the-public session at Swope Park.
Here's some video from The Star:
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