Roger Espinoza and Honduras Lose 2-0 To Ecuador

HOUSTON - JUNE 22: Roger Espinoza #17 of Honduras and Efrain Juarez #16 battle for the ball at Reliant Stadium on June 22, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza started for Honduras today in their 2-0 loss against Ecuador. The defensive midfielder earned his 22nd cap for the country and despite the result Roger and fellow Honduras central midfielder Wilson Palacios were regarded as the two best players in the squad. Espinoza had previously been used on the left hand side for La Bicolor but it looks as if the Honduras coach saw the same tenacity Peter Vermes saw in Espinoza when he moved Roger from left back to a defensive midfield position last season.

Honduras is continuing to prepare for their 2014 World Cup Qualifiers which is less than four months away. But I have heard rumblings that Roger Espinoza could get some more international action much sooner than that should he compete in the 2012 Olympic Qualifying tournament in March.

Espinoza was the only foreign player to compete in international friendlies for Sporting KC today. Kei Kamara was expected to play for Sierra Leone but travel arrangements kept him in Florida with the rest of the Sporting KC squad. While Teal Bunbury and the United States U-23 side are set to play Mexico tonight at 9 pm CT.

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