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    Chad Ochocinco to try out for MLS team
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    Updated: March 16, 2011, 3:10 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chad Ochocinco will try to play a different kind of football during the NFL lockout.



    Chad Ochocinco kicked an extra point in the 2009 preseason. Now he'll use his feet to try to impress Sporting Kansas City of MLS.

    Never short on publicity-grabbing ideas, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver is set for a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer starting Tuesday.

    The club said Wednesday that after the tryout, it would determine whether to extend the trial period.

    "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 playing soccer at age 4 but chose to focus on football in high school.

    "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.

    The reality TV star is friends with such big names in soccer as Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. In January, Ochocinco visited Ronaldo, Kaka and the rest of Real Madrid's squad and was introduced to manager Jose Mourinho.

    He has said he uses a soccer ball to warm up for NFL practices and games.

    Sporting Kansas City, which changed its name from the Wizards in conjunction with moving into a new stadium, opens its MLS season Saturday. It narrowly missed the playoffs last year.
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    Thats cool. I wish good luck to any player who wants to migrate to other sports due to the lockout, esp soccer.
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    Programming reminder. Real Salt Lake has the second leg of their Champions League semifinal tonight at 10. It's on Fox Soccer Channel (or if you don't get FSC, you can watch it with Spanish commentary on Telefutura).
    In response to his pleas, an officer said: "You think we've never arrested somebody that's made national media? ... We deal with the Bengals all the time."

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    Programming reminder. USMNT plays Jamaica in the Gold Cup QF on Sunday @ 3. Coverage by Fox Soccer and Univision (spanish commentary).
    In response to his pleas, an officer said: "You think we've never arrested somebody that's made national media? ... We deal with the Bengals all the time."

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    Updated: July 29, 2011

    Juergen Klinsmann hired as coach

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    U.S. Soccer moved quickly to name a replacement for fired coach Bob Bradley, announcing Klinsmann's hiring Friday. The former standout player and coach for the German national team will be a familiar name to American fans, given that U.S. Soccer almost hired him twice -- first after the 2006 World Cup and again last year before giving Bradley what turned out to be a short-lived contract extension.

    Now, with the U.S. team's progress seemingly stalled, it's time to see what Klinsmann can do.

    U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati got his man, but now Klinsmann is faced with fulfilling lots of high expectations, writes Jeff Carlisle. Story

    "We are excited to have Juergen as the head coach of our Men's National Team," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Juergen has had success in many different areas of the game, and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field."

    Klinsmann will be formally introduced Monday at a news conference in New York. His debut as coach will come Aug. 10, when the U.S. team faces archrival Mexico in an exhibition match in Philadelphia. Qualifying for the next 2014 World Cup in Brazil begins next year.

    "I am proud and honored to be named the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team," Klinsmann said in a statement. "I would like to thank the U.S. Soccer Federation for the opportunity, and I'm excited about the challenge ahead. I am looking forward to bringing the team together for our upcoming match against Mexico and starting on the road toward qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup."

    Although the U.S. federation has discussed the job with Klinsmann in the past, the coach's desire for extensive authority over the entire U.S. program had been considered a point of contention, preventing a deal.

    Germany coach Joachim Loew, who was Klinsmann's assistant before becoming his successor, wished him well -- and expects big changes.



    Juergen Klinsmann scored 11 goals in three World Cups, including then-West Germany's championship team in 1990.

    "I am happy for Juergen, that he has found a new challenge and I wish him a lot of success," Loew said. "The way we know Juergen, he'll go into the job with power and shake up a lot of things."

    The German soccer federation said Loew, federation president Theo Zwanziger and three other top officials were told by Klinsmann by telephone that he was about to sign the contract with U.S. Soccer.

    Klinsmann, who turns 47 Saturday, has a considerable World Cup pedigree.

    As a player, Klinsmann scored 11 goals in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 199. That ties him for sixth on the all-time scoring list, just behind Pele.

    "He is an experienced coach and a great former player," Pele said of Klinsmann on Friday in Brazil. "Without a doubt he can be a very good coach because of his international experience."

    Klinsmann was a key cog for then-West Germany's 1990 World Cup-winning team and European championship-winning German team in 1996.

    He retired in 1998 and moved to the U.S. shortly afterward. Klinsmann and his wife, Debbie, reside in California with their two children, Jonathan and Laila.

    Klinsmann took over as coach of the German national team July 2004, after the team had a poor showing in the 2004 European championships. Klinsmann led the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup, which was hosted by Germany. In 34 matches, Klinsmann's record was 20-8-6.

    He went on to coach German club Bayern Munich, but lasted less than a full season after falling out of favor with management. He has worked as a consultant since then, most recently with Major League Soccer's Toronto FC.

    U.S. Soccer fired Bradley in a surprise move Thursday.

    Bradley led the U.S. team to considerable success and several big moments, including an appearance in the round of 16 at last year's World Cup in South Africa and a victory over Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

    But the U.S. team seemed to take a step backward this summer, and a stinging 4-2 loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup final last month -- the U.S. blew a 2-0 lead -- appears to have convinced U.S. Soccer officials it was time to make a change.

    Last year, U.S. Soccer gave Bradley a contract extension through 2014.

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    Hopefully this means the next wave of players for the USMNT will have some creativity. It will be interesting to see if this is good news or bad news for Freddy Adu.
    In response to his pleas, an officer said: "You think we've never arrested somebody that's made national media? ... We deal with the Bengals all the time."

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3880848

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    Man alive, what on earth is "soccer"??

    Having said that the way you Yanks play the game ....

    Although always an exception to the rule SUPER ROBBIE FINDLEY ...USA, USA, USA!!!!

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    "soccer" is some word the English came up with for association football.
    In response to his pleas, an officer said: "You think we've never arrested somebody that's made national media? ... We deal with the Bengals all the time."

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3880848

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