VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that midfielder Deybi Flores will join Honduran side Club Deportivo Motagua on loan through December 2016 – pending receipt of his international transfer certificate.
“Deybi is a bright young talent,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “He has a lot of potential, but he needs to be playing games. When the opportunity for Deybi became available to return to Motagua on loan, all parties believed that this was the best arrangement for his development.”
Prior to joining Whitecaps FC in February 2015, Flores spent two years with CD Motagua, starting 16 of 21 appearances. During that time, he helped the Tegucigalpa club claim the Honduran Liga Nacional championship during the 2014-15 Apertura season, starting nine of his 12 appearances.
Flores, 20, has made six starts in eight total appearances for Western Conference-leading Whitecaps FC 2 in the USL this season, recording one assist. Additionally, Flores has made one start for the first team, featuring in the Week 2 loss to Sporting Kansas City.
Last year, Flores started 11 of his 15 first-team appearances across all competitions, including two appearances in the Amway Canadian Championship and all four CONCACAF Champions League matches.
At the international level, Flores earned first senior international cap last December, playing 22 minutes for a young Honduran side in their 2-0 friendly win over Cuba at Estadio Juan Ramón Brevé Vargas in Juticalpa.
The 5-foot-11 midfielder has also donned his national team colours at the U-23, U-20, and U-17 levels, including last year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup and U-20 CONCACAF Championship, the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, and the 2013 U-17 CONCACAF Championship.
TRANSACTION: Vancouver Whitecaps FC loan midfielder Deybi Flores to Honduran side Club Deportivo Motagua through December 2016.
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