Former Premier League player Roger Espinoza has returned to the MLS and his former side Sporting Kansas City.
Espinoza spent the last two years plying his trade for Wigan Athletic in the Premier League and then the Championship, but in recent months the Honduran international had fallen dramatically down the pecking order at Wigan.
The 28-year-old will add significant depth and experience to a Sporting Kansas City team that is expected to make the MLS playoffs once again this season.
Sporting were forced to sell key defensive midfielder Oriol Rosell to Sporting Lisbon during last season, and Espinoza acts as a perfect replacement for the 22-year-old.
To say that Sporting manager Peter Vermes is excited about the opportunity to work with Espinoza again is an understatement, with Vermes revealing that there was always a door open for the Honduran international to return.
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Exciting times for Sporting
"It's an exciting day for us," Vermes said in a press conference. "I'm not sure if Roger recalls this or not, but I remember when we were talking about his opportunity to go over to England (in late 2012) that the door would remain open here for him to come back someday if he ever was in position to do that. The tremendous thing is we're sitting here before you today with the opportunity to do this."
Returns a better player
Even though his time in Europe may not have worked out as Espinoza would have liked, he still thinks the experiences he gained from playing in the Premier League have made him a better player.
"Obviously (I left) two years ago to play in the Premier League. While I was there, I had the opportunity to win the FA Cup. Honestly, that changed my career," Espinoza told SI.com.
"You win that type of game -- in that type of atmosphere with all the media -- it changes you as a player, it gives you more responsibility."
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