- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza fractured a bone in his left leg while getting tackled in a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo and is expected to miss at least 10 weeks.

To help absorb his loss, the club signed 21-year midfielder Jordi Quintilla on Thursday.

Espinoza, who has started 20 matches for the club across all competitions, was tackled by Dynamo midfielder Nathan Sturgis in the 86th minute of Saturday’s game. Sturgis earned a red card for the reckless tackle.

Espinoza’s loss is a significant blow to Sporting KC, which sits fourth in the Western Conference. The knockout round of the MLS playoffs are Oct. 28-29, followed by the conference semifinals, putting Espinoza’s availability in doubt.

Quintilla was recently with AC Ajaccio in the French Ligue 2.



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