Club’s acquisition reunites defender with fellow Honduran
By Shawn Roney
Roger Espinoza is no longer the only native Honduran playing for Sporting Kansas City.
As was announced in a June 24 press release, the guys in blue have obtained defender Ever Alvarado. Alvarado – who’s from El Negrito, Honduras, and won the Liga Nacional title in May with Honduran club C.D. Olimpia – has been signed as an international player, Sporting stated.
“(The) companionship (on this team is) very good,” Alvarado said during a July 2 interview at Sporting’s training facility at Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo. “(It’s) a sound team. (I’m) very happy to be here.”
Alvarado also is happy to be playing in the United States.
“(It’s) the best country in the world, to me,” he said.
And Espinoza is “very happy” to have his fellow countryman playing for Sporting.
“He’s definitely the right fit for the club,” said Espinoza, who helped translate Alvarado’s interview. “He’s a hard-working guy…. (He) listens very well, (he’s a) very humble guy.”
Espinoza, who has played with Alvarado on the Honduran men’s national team, also is confident Alvarado will make the transition from Honduran professional club soccer to the MLS – the soccer league Sporting has been a part of since the franchise began in 1996 as the Kansas City Wiz.
“I’m guessing, … every time … players come here from Honduras, it’s the pace and the physicality (they must learn to handle)…. But he definitely has all those attributes (to handle them) in him,” Espinoza said. “So I’m sure he will do very well.”