HOW ACQUIRED: Returned to Sporting in January 2015, after spending time in England with Wigan Athletic.
A central midfield staple for head coach Peter Vermes, the hard-working Espinoza started his pro career in Kansas City (2008-2012) before moving to join Wigan Athletic in England (2013-2014). Since returning to Sporting KC in 2015, he has recorded 24 assists in nearly 200 regular season starts and will be looking to continue setting up teammates this year.
OUTSIDE MLS: Espinoza made 57 appearances in all competitions for Wigan Athletic FC, including 42 league appearances and three games played in the UEFA Europa League. He won the Wigan Community Player of the Year award in the 2013-14 season. He played 90 minutes in Wigan's historic 2013 FA Cup final win over Manchester City.
NOTES: Part of the KC squad that won the US Open Cup in 2012 and also earned an MLS All-Star nod that same season. Also helped Sporting with another US Open Cup in 2015.