Player Details

Name

Jhon Espinoza

Height

5' 10"

Weight

163 lbs

Date of Birth

2.24.1999 (22)

Position

Defender

Position Detail

Full Back

Preferred Side

Right

Roster Category

Senior
Career Summary

2021 (CHICAGO FIRE): Played 21 minutes in the 2-0 loss to the Columbus Crew on Nov. 7 at Lower.com Field ... Played 20 minutes in the 1-0 loss to NYCFC on Oct. 27 at Yankee Stadium ... Played the final six minutes and helped maintain the clean sheet in the 1-0 win against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 23 at Soldier Field ... Started and played 58 minutes in the 4-3 win against FC Cincinnati on Oct. 20 at TQL Stadium ... Earned his first MLS assist when he set up Álvaro Medrán’s goal in the 2-2 tie with New England on Oct. 16 at Gillette Stadium ... Played 61 minutes in the 3-1 loss to Toronto FC on Oct. 3 at BMO Field ... Played 90 minutes in the 2-0 win against NYCFC on Sept. 29 at SeatGeek Stadium ... Started and played 62 minutes in the 0-0 tie with Nashville SC on Sept. 26 at Soldier Field ... Started and played 90 minutes in the 3-0 loss to D.C. United on Sept. 15 at Audi Field ... Entered the match at halftime and played 45 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Sporting KC on Sept. 11 at Children’s Mercy Park ... Played 29 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Orlando City on Aug. 21 at Exploria Stadium ... Played his first 90-minute match in the 3-2 loss to Inter Miami on Aug. 18 at DRV PNK Stadium ... Played 11 minutes in the 1-0 win against the Columbus Crew on Aug. 15 at Soldier Field ... Played 21 minutes in the 2-1 loss to Toronto FC on July 24 at Soldier Field ... Played the final eight minutes of the 5-1 loss to Nashville SC on July 17 at Nissan Stadium ... Earned his first MLS start and played 54 minutes in the 1-0 loss to FC Cincinnati on June 23 at Soldier Field ... Came in for Boris Sekulić in the 58th minute of the 2-0 loss to the Columbus Crew on June 19 at Historic Crew Stadium ... Came in for Came on for Wyatt Omsberg in the 71st minute of the 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on May 8 at Soldier Field ... Subbed in for Jonathan Bornstein and played 21 minutes in the 2-0 loss against New York Red Bulls on May 1 at Red Bull Arena ... Made his Major League Soccer debut, subbing in for Chinonso Offor in the 87th minute of the 3-1 loss to Atlanta United on April 24 ... Since making his professional debut on Dec. 12, 2017, Espinoza has made 54 appearances (48 starts) across all competitions while playing in Ecuador’s top-flight. He began his career with C.D. Cuenca in 2017 and made five appearances (four starts) in two seasons with the Club. Since joining S.D. Aucas ahead of the 2018 campaign, the defender has made 49 appearances (44 starts) across all competitions. He has earned 15 caps for Ecuador’s U-20 side, including seven appearances in the 2019 U-20 FIFA World Cup, and two caps for the Ecuador National Team. In 2019, Espinoza captained Ecuador’s U-20 team to a first-place finish in the 2019 U-20 South American Championship. He made seven appearances (seven starts) as his home country captured its first-ever championship in the biennial competition.

How he joined the Club: Acquired via transfer from S.D. Aucas on Nov. 23 2020.

Since making his professional debut on Dec. 12, 2017, Espinoza has made 54 appearances (48 starts) across all competitions while playing in Ecuador’s top-flight. He originally began his career with C.D. Cuenca in 2017 and made five appearances (four starts) in two seasons with the Club. Since joining S.D. Aucas ahead of the 2018 campaign, the defender has made 49 appearances (44 starts) across all competitions.

Internationally, he has earned 15 caps for Ecuador’s U-20 side, including seven appearances in the 2019 U-20 FIFA World Cup, and two caps for the Ecuador National Team. In 2019, Espinoza captained Ecuador’s U-20 team to a first-place finish in the 2019 U-20 South American Championship. He made seven appearances (seven starts) as his home country captured its first-ever championship in the biennial competition.

Espinoza will occupy an international slot on the Fire’s 2021 roster. He is the 15th player on the Club’s roster age 23 or younger. He is under contract with the Fire through the 2023 season with Club options for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.