It looks like Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson is fitting right in in his new hometown of Montreal – and that he’s still a big soccer fan.
The new Montreal Alouettes wide receiver reached out on Twitter to Montreal Impact captain Patrice Bernier, wondering if he had a game in town this weekend. Bernier tweeted right back, inviting the former NFL star to their Saturday game against Sporting Kansas City at Stade Saputo (7:30 pm ET; TSN2/RDS in Canada, MLS Live in US).
Johnson accepted the invite, and just like that, a connection was made.
@ochocinco yes, playing Saturday vs the team that you know Sporting KC. I invite you to the game at 7h30 Saputo Stadium.— Patrice Bernier (@pbernier10) July 10, 2014
@pbernier10 Yes I would love to attend the match boss...— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 10, 2014
Johnson, of course, is very familiar with MLS, and Sporting for that matter, spending time with the team in 2011 on a “trial” when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL lockout that year. A contract never came out of it, but Sporting made Johnson an “honorary member” of the club.
That was also the last year Johnson played professional football, so perhaps he’s networking in case his return to the game in the Canadian Football League doesn’t work out. The Impact, after all, could always use some depth along the backline.