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Jan. 28, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Completing his recovery from a broken foot was a big part of Roger Espinoza’s offseason. But it’s not the part he warms most to talking about.

Sporting Kansas City’s veteran midfielder spent five days in his native Honduras last month, part of his new position as a volunteer partner with the humanitarian nonprofit Unbound, and came away inspired to do even more in the future.

“I always wanted to do something like this,” Espinoza told reporters last week during Sporting’s preseason media day. “I never had the opportunity to do it. Luckily, I was able to meet some great people in Kansas City last year who work in nonprofit foundations, so that made it available for me to go to Honduras and connect with the people there who need the help.”

As part of his visit, Espinoza put on a soccer clinic for children and teens in the city of Santa Barbara.

“It was unbelievable to me to see so many kids’ faces happy and willing to do things and be there and work hard,” he said. “It made me very emotional at the time. It was great, and something that I definitely would love to do again.”

For the full story by MLSsoccer.com’s Steve Brisendine, click here.