Former Buckeye Roger Espinoza Hoists the FA Cup

May 11, 2013 at 6:59p    by Jason Priestas    
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Roger Espinoza and his Wigan squad topped Manchester City to win the 2013 FA Cup.

Roger Espinoza, a star on Ohio State's 2007 men's soccer team that made the NCAA championship game, is an FA Cup winner, thanks to Wigan Athletic's shocking 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

Espinoza, who debuted for Wigan in January following a stint in MLS, earned the start Saturday and became the first Honduran to ever play for a winning side in the FA Cup. He played well, bouncing back from a hard foul from Man City's David Silva and then later getting robbed of a penalty when Pablo Zabaleta crashed into him.

The FA Cup, first held in 1871, is the oldest association football competition in the world, and is open to clubs from across England, from Premier League heavies down to amateur village teams. Lower division teams rarely progress beyond the early stages, but "minnow" fever becomes a thing when a club team becomes a "giant-killer." Wigan's win, coming in their first appearance in the FA Cup final, does not quite qualify as giant-killing, but it was an upset, nonetheless. [Side Note: How cool would it be if NCAA basketball held an FA Cup style tournament every December with teams from NAIA all the way up to Division I competing?]

Espinoza played just one season for Ohio State, but it was a memorable one. He scored the Buckeyes' only goal in their 2-1 NCAA championship loss to Wake Forest and was named first team All-Big Ten.


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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Awesome!  Pretty cool for us soccer folk. 
Congrats Roger and Wigan. 

Ekes42's picture

Love seeing soccer getting the love!!!
Congrats to Roger!!!!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Way to go Roger!!  Making Buckeye Nation proud!  Love to hear Buckeyes doing great jobs in all sports. 
Go Bucks!

TheBadOwl's picture

Might start a Wigan career mode in FIFA now that I know there's an OSU alum on their team.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

sarasotabcg's picture

gotta disagree a little with the OP. Wigan's victory falls into the giant- killing category. Man City's payroll is 10x Wigan's.

TheBadOwl's picture

I half-agree with this. Wigan is in the EPL but they're one spot away from relegation. It's a huge upset, yes, but it's not as big of an upset as it would be if an nPower team won the FA Cup.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Jack Fu's picture

Wigan is in the relegation zone. If the season ended today they'd go down.
That being said, well done, Espinoza. Zonal Marking's review called him "a considerable attacking threat," so good on him.

tdible2132's picture

Congrats to Rog.  Enjoy it big guy!

LadyBuck's picture

Congratulations Roger! Once a buckeye, always a buckeye, no matter the career. Way to represent buckeyenation!