Roger Espinoza

Roger Espinoza
Roger Espinoza
Roger Espinoza
Real Name: Roger Espinoza
HT: 5' 11" WT: 170
Age: 34 (10/25/1986)
Birthplace: Puerto Cortes, Honduras
Hometown: Aurora, CO

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.

INTERNATIONAL: Espinoza has 53 appearances for Honduras and started five games across two different World Cups for the nation. In 2012 he was a major part of the Honduras Olympic team that made a surprise run out of the group stage at the London Olympics. He was applauded off the field by the Newcastle crowd after receiving a second yellow card in the 90th minute of the 3-2 quarterfinal defeat to Brazil, during which he scored a goal and registered an assist.
COLLEGE: Espinoza started his college career at Yavapai College. He was first team All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year and National Player of the Year runner-up. He transferred to Ohio State, and was named first team All-Conference and led the Buckeyes to the NCAA College Cup final.

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.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2020Sporting Kansas City16122950219820130
2019Sporting Kansas City161501149316627143
2018Sporting Kansas City3232328259471166091
2017Sporting Kansas City3030126773481048391
2016Sporting Kansas City30301267954812651102
2015Sporting Kansas City171711484419528030
2012Sporting Kansas City262602275235947151
2011Sporting Kansas City242411979320544031
2010Kansas City Wizards252502192115442050
2009Kansas City Wizards166063521028230
2008Kansas City Wizards221211169316615632
Career Totals-25422910200143729378410155711
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