Here are your Thursday headlines from the Lawrence/KC Metro area:
- Sporting Kansas City midfielder and Honduran international Roger Espinoza will don the blue and white stripes of Wigan F.C. in the English Premier League. Espinoza notified Sporting head coach Peter Vermes of his decision to leave the club on Monday. Rumors floated around throughout the summer that Wigan was considering making a move for Espinoza in the summer transfer window, but the club will wait to officially sign Espinoza in the January transfer window — pending a successful work permit application.
- Sporting’s tall, light-blonde-haired goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen earned the MLS’ Goalkeeper of the Year award on Wednesday. Throughout the 2012 season, Nielsen and the Sporting KC defense maintained a 1.02 goals-against average — the lowest and best in MLS history. This isn’t the first time Nielsen has been named Goalkeeper of the Year; he received the award twice in his native Denmark in 1998 and 2004.