Roger Espinoza is back home.
The Honduran international made his long-awaited return to Major League Soccer on Tuesday, as the former Wigan Athletic midfielder signed for Sporting Kansas City on a free transfer.
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Espinoza, 28, previously spent five years at SKC, making 113 appearances as he helped Peter Vermes’ men to the 2012 US Open Cup crown before impressing for Honduras at the 2012 Olympic Games and then sealing a move to the Premier League with Wigan.
Despite starting and playing the full 90 minutes of Wigan’s shock FA Cup final win over Manchester City in 2013, Espinoza and the Latics were relegated days later and several managerial changes has since left his career stalling in Lancashire.
The feisty midfielder will now return to KC and become an integral part of Vermes’ side for 2015. Adding a two-time World Cup veteran on a free transfer is a quality bit of business for SKC, regardless of the hit Espinoza will make on their salary cap. It’s safe to say Espinoza is pleased to be arriving back in MLS with an FA Cup winners medal in his back pocket.
“I knew I would come back to Kansas City,” Espinoza said. “I just didn’t know when it would be. I’m right back at home.”