Midfielder Roger Espinoza began his professional career in Kansas City (2008-2012) before moving abroad to join Wigan Athletic (2013-14) in England. He returned to Sporting KC in January 2015, becoming one of only three players currently under contract with MLS to have appeared in an Olympic Games and two or more FIFA World Cups. Espinoza started 20 matches for Sporting KC during an injury-shortened 2015 season, recording a goal and five assists, and has been a regular staple of the club's midfield in 2016.
In his final season with Sporting KC, Espinoza was an MLS All-Star and helped the club win the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In the 2011 and 2012 seasons combined (including playoffs), Espinoza ranked fifth among MLS players with 358 duels won and seventh with 128 tackles won. Among MLS midfielders, he ranked sixth with 134 interceptions over those two campaigns.
2016: MLS regular season: Has started 24 matches and recorded a career-high four assists (2142 minutes played). Tallied the game-winning assist to Jacob Peterson in a 2-1 victory over Orlando City SC on May 15. Assisted Dom Dwyer's opening goal in a 2-2 draw at Montreal Impact on June 25. Assisted Graham Zusi's goal in a 3-2 win over Columbus Crew SC on July 3. Assisted Dom Dwyer's first goal in a 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC on July 24. Open Cup: Started two matches (210 minutes played). Started and played 120 minutes in a 2-1 extra time win over Minnesota United FC on June 15. Started and played 90 minutes in a 3-1 fifth round loss at the Houston Dynamo on June 29. CONCACAF Champions League: Started and played 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw at Central FC on Aug. 16.
MLS: 2015 regular season: Made 17 starts, scored one goal and recorded a career-high four assists (1484 minutes played). Scored his first MLS goal since August 2011 in a 3-1 loss to FC Dallas on March 14. Assisted Jalil Anibaba's 91st-minute goal in a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on April 5. Assisted Dom Dwyer's equalizer in a 1-1 draw at D.C. United on May 9. Assisted Benny Feilhaber's goal in a 2-1 win over Montreal on July 18. Assisted Benny Feilhaber's goal in a 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake on July 24. MLS Cup Playoffs: Did not feature. Open Cup: Started three matches and recorded one assist. Started and played 90 minutes in a 1-0 fourth round win over Saint Louis FC on June 16. Started and played 90 minutes in a 6-2 fifth round win over FC Dallas on July 1. Started and played 89 minutes in a 3-1 quarterfinal win over the Houston Dynamo on July 21, assisting Krisztian Nemeth's late goal to seal the victory.
ENGLAND: Made 57 appearances in all competitions for Wigan Athletic FC, including 42 league appearances and three games played in the UEFA Europa League.
2014-15: Made 13 appearances in all competitions, scoring his first English Championship goal on Nov. 1 against Fulham.
2013-14: Named Wigan's Community Player of the Year. Played 29 matches in all competitions, including 19 in the English Championship, three in the UEFA Europa League and an appearance in the 2013 FA Community Shield against Manchester United. Espinoza and Wigan defended the FA Cup title with a deep run in the 2013-14 edition of the tournament, highlighted by another upset of Manchester City, before falling on penalties to eventual champions Arsenal in the semifinals at Wembley Stadium. Espinoza's goal against MK Dons (Jan. 4) was voted the best goal of the FA Cup third round.
2012-13: Made 16 appearances for Wigan across all competitions, including 12 in the English Premier League and four in the FA Cup. Made his Premier League debut on Jan. 19 against Sunderland. Scored his first Premier League goal against Swansea City on May 7. Started and played 90 minutes in Wigan's historic 1-0 victory in the 2013 FA Cup final over Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on May 11. The feat -- which earned Wigan a berth in the 2013-14 UEFA Europa League group stage and a match-up against Manchester United in the 2013 FA Community Shield -- saw Espinoza join Freddie Ljunberg as the only two players in MLS history to have appeared in the finals and won both the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and FA Cup.