Sporting Kansas City announced that they have re-signed Roger Espinoza to a new contract for the 2021 MLS season.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to return to Sporting and compete for an MLS Cup,” Espinoza said vis press release. “Kansas City is a special place where I have spent most of my career and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I’m proud to continue representing this club and playing for our fans.”
Espinoza was drafted in 2008 after leading Ohio State University to the College Cup where he scored before falling to Wake Forest. Espinoza started his career primarily as a left back for the Kansas City Wizards. A successful stint at midfield for Honduras combined with a need for KC saw him take over a midfield spot. He has ever since been the go-to midfielder for manager Peter Vermes.
Over his 11 MLS seasons, Espinoza has helped Sporting KC to three U.S Open Cup championships and cemented his place as a fierce force in the middle of the park. Many of his battles have led to some of the best rivalries for SKC.
After the Open Cup winning season in 2012, Espinoza move to Wigan Athletic. He made 57 appearances with three goals for Wigan with a high point of winning the 2013 FA Cup in a dramatic 1-0 win over Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.
Espinoza, 34, is third in club history with 301 competitive appearances and fifth in both starts (271) and minutes (24,025). He has added 12 goals and places fifth all-time with 41 assists for SKC.
Internationally, Espinoza has made 52 appearances for the Honduras Men’s National Team including representing them at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.