Former Soccer Player Drafted Eleventh Overall
Roger Espinoza becomes 4th former YC player currently in the league
Today in Baltimore, the Major League Soccer (MLS) Super Draft was conducted and former Yavapai College soccer player, Roger Espinoza was drafted in the first round, the 11th overall pick by the Kansas City Wizards. The 5’11”, 160 lb. midfielder/defender becomes the fourth former YC player currently playing in the MLS: Alan Gordon and Michael Randolph play for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Avery John is a member of the New England Revolution.
Espinoza is foregoing his senior year at The Ohio State University where he participated this past season as a junior. The Aurora, Colorado native led his Buckeye team to the 2007 NCAA Division I Soccer Championship Game last month only to lose to Wake Forest University, 2-1. As a Roughrider, Espinzoa was an NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) All-American and after his sophomore year was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) Athlete of the Year. In his two years at Yavapai, Espinoza started 50 matches for head coach Mike Pantalione’s teams.
The 2008 MLS season kicks off on March 29th. Espinoza’s new team, the Wizards, will play host to D.C. United.