Mid-day Ticker: Ochocinco to play in reserves, Bayern hire new coach and more

Mid-day Ticker: Ochocinco to play in reserves, Bayern hire new coach and more

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Mid-day Ticker: Ochocinco to play in reserves, Bayern hire new coach and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Chad Ochocinco’s soccer career is going to last just a little bit longer.

Sporting Kansas City confirmed today that the Cincinnati Bengal’s receiver will take part in a reserve match against the Kansas City Brass on Monday, extending his trial into next week.

Ochocinco, who said he prefers soccer to football, hasn’t played competitively since his 10th grade.  The six-time Pro Bowler accepted a trial with the club as the NFL struggles through a lockout.

Here are some more stories to get you through Friday.

HEYNCKES TO BE NEXT BAYERN MANAGER

Bayer Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes is set to become the manager of Bayern Munich following the upcoming departure of Louis van Gaal, according to German media.

The 65-year-old manager will take over the Bundesliga side on July 1. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that Heynckes has agreed to a two-year contract.

This is will be Heynckes third time coaching Bayern Munich. He coached from 1987-1991 before returning for a five-game stint at the end of the 2009 season after the ill-fated tenure of Jurgen Klinsmann.

MLS ANNOUNCES “WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE”

MLS and CAA Sports have announced the return of the “World Football Challenge” to be played this summer. The inaugural event in 2009 featured Inter Milan, AC Milan, Chelsea and Club America in a round-robin tournament. This year’s event will run from July 14-Aug. 6 and will feature MLS teams along with European sides. Neither company has released details in regards to the participating teams or venues.

GALLAS IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH TOTTENHAM

Tottenham has offered a contract extension to French defender William Gallas following a successful first season at White Heart Lane. The 33-year-old joined Tottenham from rival Arsenal at the beginning of the season on a one-year contract. There has been no word as to how much the new contract will be worth or the number of years.

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What do you think of today's stories? Stoked to see Ochocinco play a game? Will Heynckes be successful at Bayern? Will you go to the "World Football Challenge" if it comes to your town?

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