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Ochocinco -- Happy to Ride the Bench

3/29/2011 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chad Ochocinco better not give up his day job -- because Kansas City's soccer team thinks he's only good enough to be a backup player ... for now.

Chad Ochocinco

Sporting Kansas City of the MLS announced today the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver will be on their reserve team -- which means he CAN train with the team and hang in the locker room ... but does NOT get paid.

Ocho seemed happy about the news ... posting, "Totally awesome ILuvKC" on his Twitter.

At least it'll give him a reason to stay in shape during that damn NFL lockout.

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