Roger Espinoza returns to Sporting Kansas City following Wigan exit

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Sporting Kansas City have announced that Roger Espinoza has returned to the club after leaving Wigan Athletic in December.

Former Wigan Athletic midfielder Roger Espinoza has returned to Sporting Kansas City, the MLS club have confirmed.

Espinoza, 28, spent his first five professional seasons with SKC after being selected 11th overall in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft out of Ohio State, making 127 total appearances, while also establishing himself as a regular for the Honduras national team.

After impressing at the London Olympics, the versatile World Cup veteran turned down a new contract offer following the 2012 MLS campaign to join then-Premier League side Wigan on a free transfer at the start of 2013.

Going on to help the Latics to the FA Cup title in his first season with a shock 1-0 win over Manchester City, Espinoza would see his minutes cut at the DW Stadium over the next 18 months, however, and ended his time with the team in December after being sent to train with the reserves.

Now back at Sporting Park, the 45-times capped international is eager to re-ignite his career in familiar surroundings, telling the club’s official website: "I'm thrilled to be back in Kansas City.

“I always knew I would come back some day and I could not be more excited to re-join this club. I'm ready to get back to work and help this team win another championship."

SKC head coach Peter Vermes added: “Roger was a big part of us establishing ourselves in Kansas City and Major League Soccer. Now he returns to a club that has continued its evolution and he has the ability to help take us to the next level.

“It is rare for a player to leave a club and then come back, but this situation from day one has been great and we are very happy for Roger to don the Sporting Kansas City jersey again."

Having become a fan favourite in KC during his previous spell for his tenacious and energetic performances, supporters are no doubt excited to see Espinoza make a return to Sporting Park, where he will prove an important part of the team’s plans to claim a third MLS Cup title in 2015.

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