Wigan Athletic and Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza feels the MLS gave him the best platform to progress in football, and one of the main reasons he's now preparing himself for the World Cup.
The wingback/midfielder has improved considerably in the last two seasons during his time in England, but he credits the MLS for his success.
Not only is he now an integral part of the Wigan side, he's now a huge player for the Honduran national team as well.
Speaking to MLS.com, Espinoza explained that the MLS is the perfect place for a player to hone their skills.
"It’s a great place to learn the physicality of the game, the techniques of the game and the tactics of the game," Espinoza said about his MLS career, where he spent the first five years of his career in Kansas City.
"Here’s where many of us are getting that. [Playing in MLS helped] a lot and not just to me but to many Honduran guys. We’ve still got a lot to learn, we are learning and hopefully we can get all the Honduran guys here at one point."
As Espinoza's game has developed, so has his importance to the Honduran team and their chances to make waves in Brazil. And as they move forward and try and gain momentum before they open play against France on June 15, he'll remember a key lesson from the many years he spent growing as a player in the US.
“If there’s one thing about Americans it’s that no matter what happens to them, at the end of the day with exactly what happened to us,” he explained, “they have the mentality to get up and overcome things.”