Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sporting KC midfielder Roger Espinoza named to Honduras Olympic Team

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza was named to the Honduras roster on Thursday for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"It's very exciting and and something I hoped would happen in my career," Espinoza said. "The coach knows I am working really hard. I'm very happy and proud to be given the opportunity to represent Honduras."

Espinoza, 25, is one of three overage players selected by head coach Luis Suarez for the under-23 competition, along with Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic) and Jerry Bengtson (Motagua).

Espinoza has made 25 appearances for the Honduras National Team at the highest levels, including the UNCAF Nations Cup, CONCACAF Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup. He most recently started and played the full 90 minutes in a scoreless draw at Canada in FIFA World Cup qualifying earlier this month.

Since being drafted in the first round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft out of Ohio State, the Generation adidas product has two goals and 10 assists for Sporting Kansas City in five seasons. He played in his 100th regular season match on Wednesday and is one of six Sporting Kansas City players nominated for the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.

Honduras qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games with a 3-2 victory over El Salvador in the CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament semifinals at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in March and finished runners-up with an extra time loss to Mexico in the final.

Honduras was drawn into Group D alongside Morocco, Spain, and Japan and will play in the opening match of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 26.

The top two teams in the group will then advance to the knockout stage en route to the final on August 11.