Roger Espinoza

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Espinoza and the second or maternal family name is Ramírez.
Roger Espinoza
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Espinoza playing for Sporting Kansas City in 2012
Personal information
Full name Roger Aníbal Espinoza Ramírez[1]
Date of birth (1986-10-25) 25 October 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Puerto Cortés, Honduras
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Wing Back
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic
Number 18
Youth career
2005–2006 Yavapai Roughriders
2007 Ohio State Buckeyes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Arizona Sahuaros 7 (1)
2008–2012 Sporting Kansas City 113 (2)
2013– Wigan Athletic 31 (1)
National team
2012 Honduras Olympic 4 (1)
2009– Honduras 42 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2014

Roger Aníbal Espinoza Ramírez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈroʝer espiˈnosa]; born 25 October 1986) is a Honduran footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or wing back for Wigan Athletic.

Club career[edit]

Youth and College[edit]

Born in Puerto Cortés, Espinoza moved from his native Honduras to Denver, Colorado when he was 12 years old. He attended Denver South High School before transferring to Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. He played two years of college soccer at Yavapai College, spending one season with the Arizona Sahuaros of the National Premier Soccer League in 2006. In 2007, he transferred to Ohio State for his junior season. That season, Ohio State advanced to the national championship game of the College Cup. Espinoza scored in the 12th minute, but Ohio State lost to Wake Forest, 2–1.[2] In his one season at Ohio State, Espinoza was named first-team All-Big Ten, second-team all-region, and earned a spot the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team.[3]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 26 November 2012 it was made public that Espinoza intended to join Wigan Athletic of the English Premier League on a free transfer in January 2013.[4] On 18 December 2012 it was made official that Espinoza is part of Wigan Athletic after being granted a UK work permit.[5] He has been assigned number 18. On 4 January 2013, it was announced that Espinoza's transfer from Kansas City was officially completed, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.[6]

Espinoza made his Wigan Athletic debut on 19 January 2013 when he came on as a half-time substitute during a 2–3 loss against Sunderland.[7]

He scored his first goal for the club against Swansea City on 7 May.[8] In that match he was only drafted into the team due to an injury to Wigan's regular left back Jean Beausejour. On 11 May 2013 Espinoza won the FA Cup with Wigan, playing the whole game in an 1–0 upset win against Manchester City.[9] However, only 3 days later, Wigan were relegated from the Premier League following a 4–1 defeat against Arsenal.[10] He scored his second goal for the club against MK Dons in the FA Cup on 4 January 2014.[11]

However, starting the 2014-15 season, Espinoza played minimal games for Wigan, despite his appearances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This led to speculation over a possible move back to the MLS.

International career[edit]

Roger Espinoza was called up to the Honduran national football team by Reinaldo Rueda for the UNCAF Nations Cup 2009 held in Honduras for the first time in his career. He made three appearances during the tournament where he wore number 13. He scored his first goal for the national team in a 1–0 win against El Salvador to give Honduras 3rd place in the competition.

Espinoza was called up by Luis Fernando Suárez to represent his country in the 2012 London Olympics, he scored a goal against Brazil in the quarter-final of the tournament, but was sent off in the 90th minute, receiving standing ovation from the Newcastle crowd for his performance.[12]

Espinoza represented Honduras at the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil, performing well despite his country's group stage exit.

As of January 2013, he has represented his country in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[13] and at the 2009[14] and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[15]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 February 2009 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  El Salvador 1–0 1–0 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup
2. 11 July 2009 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States  Grenada 2–0 4–0 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3. 23 January 2010 Stubhub Center, Carson, United States  United States 3–0 3–1 Friendly
4. 1 June 2014 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States  Israel 1-1 2-4 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of match played 19 June 2013.[16]
National team Year Apps Goals
Honduras 2009 8 2
2010 8 1
2011 7 0
2012 3 0
2013 7 0
Total 33 3

Personal life[edit]

Espinoza became a United States citizen in March 2008.[17]

Honours[edit]

Sporting Kansas City

Wigan Athletic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 19. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletic Site - Men's Soccer
  3. ^ Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletic Site - Men's Soccer
  4. ^ Espinoza plans to transfer to Wigan
  5. ^ Roger Espinoza latest Honduran to join Wigan ranks – Premier League
  6. ^ "ESPINOZA DEAL COMPLETE". Wigan Athletic Official Website. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  7. ^ BBC Sport - Wigan 2-3 Sunderland
  8. ^ "Wigan 2 - 3 Swansea". BBC. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Man City 0 – 1 Wigan". BBC. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Arsenal 4 – 1 Wigan". BBC. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Wigan 3-3 MK Dons". BBC. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Espinoza represents Honduras against Brazil
  13. ^ Roger EspinozaFIFA competition record
  14. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2009 – Full Details – RSSSF
  15. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011 – Full Details – RSSSF
  16. ^ "Roger Espinoza". National Football Teams. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Espinoza makes Honduras' 23-man roster – ESPN

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