VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that midfielder Deybi Flores has been called up to the Honduras senior men's national team for an upcoming friendly versus Cuba. The home fixture is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16 at Estadio Juan Ramón Brevé Vargas in Juticalpa.
Whitecaps FC originally acquired Flores on a one-year loan from Club Deportivo Motagua in February and are currently finalizing a transfer.
This marks the first time the San Pedro Sula native has been called up to the national team at the senior level. The list of 22 called up players consists of senior national team veterans and younger players, including the 19-year-old Flores, who is one of four who would be eligible to compete for the Honduras U-23 team in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Flores most recently saw international action in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand this past May and June, where he played the full 90 minutes in all three matches for Los Catrachos. He helped Honduras qualify for the tournament when they finished second in Group B of the 2015 U-20 CONCACAF Championship, where Flores started all five of his tournament appearances, playing all 450 minutes of action.
In the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, Flores started all five fixtures, scoring a goal in the Honduras U-21 team's 3-2 win over Jamaica. The 5-foot-11 midfielder also represented his national side in the 2013 U-17 CONCACAF Championship, where he made five appearances, including the third place match versus Canada.
Flores finished his first year with Whitecaps FC with 11 starts in 15 first team appearances across all competitions, including two appearances in the Amway Canadian Championship and all four CONCACAF Champions League matches. In addition, Flores spent time with Whitecaps FC 2, starting in all three of his appearances in the United Soccer League.
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