HOW ACQUIRED: Returned to Sporting in January 2015, after spending time in England with Wigan Athletic. Re-signed on Jan. 7, 2021
Espinoza, 34, has spent his entire MLS career with SKC. He began his pro career in 2008 and starred for the club through 2012 before joining English side Wigan Athletic before returning to SKC in 2015. He has made 254 appearances in Kansas City, third most in club history.
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.