LONDON - CONCACAF stars were center stage on Saturday for Wigan Athletic, when it stunned Manchester City 1-0 to win the FA Cup.
Barbados international defender Emmerson Boyce captained the Latics at Wembley Stadium, while Honduras' midfield general Roger Espinoza played a pivotal role in the historic victory.
Ben Watson scored on a 90th minute header, propelling Wigan to the first FA Cup title in the club's 81-year existence.
"It's overwhelming, the tournament as a whole is like that," Espinoza, 26, told the Wigan official website after the match. "I'm proud to say that my first Wigan Athletic game was in the FA Cup way back in January in the replay against Bournemouth.
"It's unbelievable to win and it's an unbelievable journey because we've come from the real roots of football to the national stadium."
Espinoza, who went the full 90 minutes against Manchester City, officially joined Wigan in January from Sporting Kansas City, where he won the U.S. version of the FA Cup last year.
"Everybody played out of their skins and everyone deserved to win this cup for the effort they put in during the game," added Espinoza. "I think we played better against a very tough team and at the end we prevailed."
Boyce joined Wigan from Crystal Palace in 2006 and has become a fan favorite. He broke the club record for Barclays Premier League appearances when he played for the 146th time against Aston Villa in February 2012.
Another CONCACAF standout for Wigan - Honduras' Maynor Figueroa - missed the final with an injury.