Big week in Sporting KC news: First Teal Bunbury … and now perhaps Roger Espinoza on the way out?


This season-ending injury to Sporting Kansas City’s Teal Bunbury is bad news, of course – but it may not be the worst news careening around Livestrong Sporting Park this morning.

Rather, this might be: that Roger Espinoza could join Wigan Athletic in England before the week is up.

I’ll have more thoughts later on the Bunbury situation and why it may not be as devastating as Sporting Kansas City supporters might think.

But this hurried bid from Wigan would, in fact, be a disruption and a blow to SKC chances in the coming playoffs. Espinoza has been Sporting KC’s top midfielder this year. Yes, better than Graham Zusi, who is having a good season.

Espinoza, meanwhile, is having a fantastic season. He’s the engine of a Sporting Kansas City midfield that runs habitually on high-rev. A consummate two-way man in the center of Livestrong Sporting Park, I might even say he’s been SKC’s best man all the way around this year.

This also underscores what everyone (including U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann) said all along about United States talent missing such a big opportunity in not qualifying for the London Olympics. Instead, it was players from Honduras (and Mexico) gaining the added acclaim. And the bids from Premiership clubs, apparently.