Kansas City, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Sporting Kansas City announced Tuesday that the club has signed midfielder Roger Espinoza. He will be added to the team's roster for the 2015 season pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
Espinoza began his professional career in Kansas City (2008-2012) before moving abroad to join Wigan Athletic (2013-2014) in England.
"Roger (Espinoza) was a big part of us establishing ourselves in Kansas City and Major League Soccer," Sporting head coach Peter Vermes said. "Now Roger 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."
In his final season with Sporting, Espinoza was an MLS All-Star and helped lead the club to the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title. He made 130 appearances for Kansas City across all competition, registering two goals and 12 assists over five seasons.
"I'm thrilled to be back in Kansas City," Espinoza said. "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."