From Scarlet to Gold – Roger Espinoza

On July 25, 2012 by Buckeye Empire

Event: Men’s Soccer

Roger Espinoza, a former soccer player for The Ohio State University, was named to the national team for Honduras . He is the first ever former Buckeye to be named to his country’s Olympic team for soccer.

Espinoza was born in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, but moved to the United States when he was 12 years old.

While in college, Espinoza was a highly accomplished player who led the Buckeyes to the national championship game in 2007. Upon graduation. However, he didn’t start his career with the Buckeyes, transferring from Yavapai College before his junior season.

After leaving the Buckeyes, was drafted into the MLS. Sporting Kansas City selected him eleventh over all, and he remains with the team four and a half seasons later. He is a regular contributor to his national team, having represented Honduras at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Honduras’ journey to Olympic glory begins in the group stage against Japan, Morocco, and recent European Champions Spain. The team’s first game takes place Thursday against Morocco.