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Ochocinco's D.C. United Jersey

Chad Ochocinco hasn't been shy about his love of soccer, so when the D.C. United marketing folks were sending out the invites for the friendly with Real Madrid at FedEx Field, Ochocinco was on the list. Somewhat unexpectedly, Ochocinco actually replied to the invite through his people, thanking United for the invite but noting that he had training camp just then.

Since he had taken the courtesy to respond, United took the courtesy to send him a personalized Ochocinco kit. Which he then took the courtesy to photograph and send out to his 280,000 Twitter followers today, many of whom are probably not necessarily United season ticket holders. PR Win, D.C. United. Well done, lads.

("Chad Ochocinco has been signed to a short-term contract for D.C. United and will be suiting up to play forward this weekend against Kansas City," a team spokesman said, when I asked about the image.)

That's all well and good, but someone should have told Ochocinco not to follow up with this image, below. Although with a 99 and an 85 up top, it'd be tough to compete with United's sheer numeric strength.

UPDATE: After I Tweeted this story, Ochocinco wrote back: "sign me up for a try out with the team please." United PR man wrote Ochocinco back that he could help; "make it happen," Ochocinco replied. Man, I love the Internet.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
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At least he wouldn't have to pay a section of people to jump into the stands should he score.

Posted by: Section117 | October 20, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I've missed you old sports bog....welcome back.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 20, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. What does this have to do about the Redskins?

Posted by: FlyersSuck | October 20, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

ha, ha. Thanks Dan.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 20, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

MLS fines are much lower, and they let a lot more go in terms of celebrations. It could be the perfect platform for Ochocinco to express himself more fully.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | October 20, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

wrong united, chad.

Posted by: grizneta | October 20, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

man that jersey looks sweet....

Posted by: Norteno4life | October 20, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

He would definitely provide speed the team is lacking. His strength will also be an asset. MLS hasn't had that many good goal celebrations recently. I'm sure he would raise the bar and make international news.

Posted by: sitruc | October 20, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

He's gotta be an upgrade from Emilio...

Posted by: asfoolasiam | October 20, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

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