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Chad Ochocinco Confirms Sporting KC Tryout Is Due To NFL Lockout

So it's legit. Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco is coming to Kansas City to tryout for Sporting KC. The tryout will take place next week from March 22-26 at which point Sporting KC will decide whether to extend the trial period.

A Sporting KC spokesman told CNBC's Darren Rovell: "This is not a publicity stunt." Sporting KC issued a press release and here's what head coach Peter Vermes said:

"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."

Incredible. Sporting KC "gets it" when it comes to publicity, whether they say this isn't a publicity stunt or not. For an organization trying to make its mark on the city, they're doing a fine job.

"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. "Thanks to Sporting Kansas City for giving me this opportunity."

Last week Sporting KC announced the name of their new stadium will be Livestrong Sporting Park in reference to Lance Armstrong's foundation.