Roger Espinoza joins Honduras Men’s National Team for friendly on Wednesday

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza has joined the Honduras Men’s National Team for an international friendly against Guatemala on Wednesday. Espinoza will be in contention for his first cap since last March as the CONCACAF nations square off at 8 p.m. CT at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in Guatemala City. 

Espinoza has made 46 appearances for Honduras since debuting in 2009 and is the only active MLS player to have competed in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics. He is also the lone MLS player in Los Catrachos' 18-man roster for Wednesday’s friendly, which is the final tune-up before two FIFA World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador on March 25 and 29.

Following the match, Espinoza will rejoin Sporting Kansas City for the club’s second leg of preseason training in Tucson, Arizona, highlighted by four matches in the Desert Diamond Cup from Feb. 17-27.

Now in his seventh MLS season, Espinoza began his professional career in Kansas City from 2008-2012 before joining English club Wigan Athletic. He returned to Sporting KC last year and tallied a career-high four MLS assists. His 2015 campaign was cut short due to a left foot injury sustained last August.

Espinoza was a 2012 MLS All-Star and helped lead Sporting KC to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title that year. The 29-year-old played 150 matches for the club in all competitions, tallying three goals and 17 assists.

Players from Honduran clubs unless otherwise noted

GOALKEEPERS: Noel Valladares (Olimpia) Luis Lopez (Real España)

DEFENDERS: Ever Alvarado (Olimpia), Brayan Beckeles (Necaxa/Mexico), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Johnny Leveron (Correcaminos UAT/Mexico), Cesar Oseguera (Real España), Johnny Palacios (Olimpia), Jose David Velasquez (Real España)

MIDFIELDERS: Brayan Acosta (Real España), Erick Andino (Motagua), Jorge Claros (Alajuelense/Costa Rica), Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City/USA), Carlos Will Mejia (Olimpia), Bayron Mendez (Olimpia), Rommel Quioto (Olimpia)

FORWARDS: Alberth Elis (Olimpia), Eddie Hernandez (Motagua), Angel Tejeda (Honduras Progreso)