Jorge Espinoza
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Jorge Espinoza
Jorge Espinoza
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-03-11) March 11, 1953 (age 67)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972-1979 Colo Colo
1979-1981 Chicago Sting 0 (0)
1981-1984 Memphis Americans (indoor) 102 (8)
1984-1985 Las Vegas Americans (indoor) 48 (8)
1985-1986 Wichita Wings (indoor) 31 (2)
1986-1987 Kansas City Comets (indoor) 47 (7)
1987 Toronto Italia
1987-1988 Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) 41 (2)
1988-1989 North York Rockets
1990-1991 Illinois Thunder (indoor) 34 (8)
1992 Milwaukee Wave (indoor) 16 (1)
Teams managed
1987 Palatine High School
1990-1992 Rosary College
1993 Triton College
1994 Rockford Raptors
1995 Mexico Toros
1996-1997 Indiana Twisters
1998-1999 San Jose Clash (assistant)
1999 San Jose Clash (interim)
2000-2001 New England Revolution (assistant)
2004-2005 Del Mar High School
2006 Gavilan College
2008 San Jose Frogs
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jorge Espinoza is a retired professional soccer player from Chile who played in the Major Indoor Soccer League and National Professional Soccer League. He also coached at the high school, collegiate and professional levels including two games with the San Jose Clash of Major League Soccer in 1999.


From 1972 to 1979, Espinoza played for Colo Colo in Chile. In 1979, he moved to the United States and signed with the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League. Over three seasons with the Sting, Espinoza was hampered by knee injuries and did not crack the first team. In 1981, he moved to the Memphis Americans in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He spent three seasons in Memphis before moving with the team to Las Vegas in 1984. He then played the 1984-1985 MISL season with the Las Vegas Americans. The team folded at the end of the season and the Pittsburgh Spirit moved to sign Espinoza. However, the Wichita Wings also claimed him. MISL commissioner Francis Dale awarded the rights to Espinoza to the Wings on September 26, 1985.[1] In September 1986, the Wings sold Espinoza's contract to the Kansas City Comets.[2] On June 4, 1987, the Comets released Espinoza.[3] He then signed as a free agent with the Dallas Sidekicks on November 17, 1987. The Sidekicks released him at the end of the season. In the summer of 1987 he played in the National Soccer League with Toronto Italia.[4] He then moved to Canada to sign with the North York Rockets of the Canadian Soccer League. He played two seasons with the Rockets, then returned to the United States in 1990 to join the Illinois Thunder of the National Professional Soccer League. He played one season with the Thunder, scoring eight goals. In January 1992, Espinoza signed with the Milwaukee Wave of the NPSL.[5] The Wave released him at the end of the season.


When the Kansas City Comets released Espinoza in the summer of 1987, he turned to coaching the Palatine High School boys soccer team while waiting for another team to sign him.[6] On September 1, 1990, Rosary College hired Espinoza as head coach of the soccer team.[7] In 1993, he moved to Triton College. In 1994, he coached the Rockford Raptors of the USISL. In 1995, he coached the Mexico Toros of the Continental Indoor Soccer League.[8] He coached the team to a 17-11 record. In February 1996, the Indiana Twisters of the Continental Indoor Soccer League hired Espinoza as its head coach.[9] Over two seasons, he took them to a 27-29 record. In 1998, the San Jose Clash hired Espinoza as an assistant coach. In 1999, the Clash fired Brian Quinn. Espinosa served as head coach for two games, both victories, before Lothar Osiander assumed the position of head coach.[10] In 2004 and 2005, Espinoza served as the head coach of the Del Mar High School girls soccer team. In May 2006, Espinoza became the head coach of the Gavilan College women's soccer team.[11] In December 2007, he was named the head coach of the San Jose Frogs.


  1. ^ Segota finally gets OK to enter the U.S. Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA) - Friday, September 27, 1985
  2. ^ SOCCER NOTES Chicago Sun-Times - Monday, September 22, 1986
  3. ^ DEALS THE SEATTLE TIMES - Thursday, June 4, 1987
  4. ^ Koep, Bob (July 11, 1987). "Lacklustre Rockets settle for 0-0 tie with Ottawa". Toronto Star. p. D8.
  5. ^ Veteran defender Espinoza joins Wave The Milwaukee Journal - Wednesday, January 8, 1992
  6. ^ ESPINOZA IS A MAN WITHOUT A TEAM Chicago Tribune - Sunday, October 11, 1987
  7. ^ SPORTS Chicago Tribune - Saturday, September 1, 1990
  8. ^ CONTINENTAL INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE TEAMS A GLANCE Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Friday, June 23, 1995
  9. ^ 1997 CISL Preview
  11. ^ Gavilan College Rams announce new coaches

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