The writing's been on the wall for days now, but MLS's Sporting Kansas City put an end to the non-speculation today when they announced that Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco would not be offered a contract to play for the team. However, Chad was extended an offer to continue practicing with the club's reserve team.
Although Ochocinco doesn't yet have the chops to make it as a professional soccer player, Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said that he'd "progressed in the days he’s trained with us," calling him an "honorary member." And that's good enough for Chad right now, who said, "It’s awesome [...] Basically I can stay here and train as I please, which is really cool. Words can’t describe how thankful I am to be able to be here."
Vermes went on to say: