Roger Espinoza hoists FA Cup trophy for Wigan Athletic

Ex-MLS midfielder Roger Espinoza wins FA Cup with Wigan just months after US Open Cup triumph

Just nine months after claiming the US Open Cup with Sporting Kansas City, former MLS midfielder Roger Espinoza won the FA Cup on Saturday as Wigan Athletic upset Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.

The dramatic game-winner came in the 90th minute as Ben Watson headed home the only goal of the game. It's the first FA Cup in Wigan's history.

Espinoza, who for years was a driving force behind Sporting KC's MLS success, is believed to be one of the few players to have won the domestic trophy in the USA and England inside 12 months.

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In August 2012, Sporting KC defeated the Seattle Sounders on penalty kicks in the final of the 2012 US Open Cup in a controversial title match.

Espinoza moved to Wigan in the January 2013 transfer window following the expiration of his MLS contract. The Honduran international played five seasons and made 113 career appearances for Kansas City.

Wigan and Espinoza are still involved in a desperate battle for survival in the English Premier League with two league matches remaining at Arsenal (Tues., May 14) and vs. Aston Villa (Sun., May 19). They are currently third-from-bottom in the EPL, three points from safety.

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