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Old 03-24-2011, 04:26 PM   #111
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I think I am going to pick the Fire as my MLS team to route for. They are close (I live near Milwaukee), I have family in Chicago, and they aren't the best team in the league right now so the timing is good. Anyway, who in there right mind doesn't have a functioning website!? Someone tell that soccer club how the 21st century works..... sheesh

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Old 03-24-2011, 04:31 PM   #112
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So when a soccer player tries out for the NFL is that an insult to the game? Dude. Take it easy. A sport that never sees the light of day is front page news for a week, a very prominent player in the most popular sport in the country is showing he thinks soccer is a really cool sport, and when he doesn't make the team it shows that the pros in the league really are that good.

I lost where the insult in a guy wanting to follow a childhood dream is? Even if Ocho is acting it up for publicity, who gives? It is good press for the league.

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Old 03-24-2011, 05:01 PM   #113
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Actually I watched his first day of the trail online yesterday morning. Here are my notes:

1) He is taking this quite seriously.
2) He isn't in soccer shape just yet but it's offseason for throwball
3) The passing is crisp, even with the left
4) Crossing is decent, if not often lower than needed
5) His shots have power, the placement isn't quite there yet
6) Can't say anything about his off-ball movement... the camera angle was pretty crappy

As of now he is not MLS quality... but that's not to say he doesn't have enough talent to make Vermes notice and give him an extension on the trial after Saturday.

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Old 03-24-2011, 05:03 PM   #114
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So when a soccer player tries out for the NFL is that an insult to the game? Dude. Take it easy. A sport that never sees the light of day is front page news for a week, a very prominent player in the most popular sport in the country is showing he thinks soccer is a really cool sport, and when he doesn't make the team it shows that the pros in the league really are that good.

I lost where the insult in a guy wanting to follow a childhood dream is? Even if Ocho is acting it up for publicity, who gives? It is good press for the league.
Oh and nice post.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:41 PM   #115
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I stand by my point: it would be embarrassing if Ocho Cinqo were to make it in MLS. Soccer is a skill sport and he hasn't played it since high school. People in the US tend to think athleticism is everything.

If he wants to try out, so be it. But unless I'm overrating MLS and the skill required to play this game, he won't come close.

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I hadn't heard about this Cinqo guy before, interesting! I'll be keeping an eye on that story!

For now, I'll just go on record as saying that if he only has high school experience, it is VERY unlikely that he will be anywhere near MLS standards. There are some excellent players in the MLS, it is extremely unlikely that someone out of the game for so long could even approach the standards of even the more run of the mill players. He would have had to have been a prodigious HS player to stand a chance. Being fast is just not enough.

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He's also 34 years old, quite old for a non-keeper.

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To be clear, I fully predict failure for his attempt. I just think it is a sizable positive for the league that he is trying at all.

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Really good points by everybody, I like the talk. It's a lot more civil than on bigsoccer.com... woooooo are there some douche-tickets on there!

LGI, I'm actually quite surprised you haven't heard of Ochocinco (unless you were making a joke based on the spelling of Cinqo.) The media likes him so he's always in the news and on SportsCenter.

Here's a video from trail day 2. He's looking decently comfortable, had a nice cross (of which he discussed with impressive humility), played a nice through-ball that resulted in a shot and looks like he can juke players and still keep a decent touch.

The odds are against him for sure.... I'm just curious and fascinated by this whole process. Looks like it's paying off for Sporting's marketing team.

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I think I am going to pick the Fire as my MLS team to route for . . . . Anyway, who in there right mind doesn't have a functioning website!? Someone tell that soccer club how the 21st century works..... sheesh
Are you talking about the Fire? http://www.chicago-fire.com/ They also have a great and active Facebook page. And check out Section 8 on the web and Facebook, they are my favorite nutjobs!
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