The Vancouver Whitecaps have made it official, inking Deybi Flores to a multi-year extension after finalizing his transfer from Honduran club Club Deportivo Motagua. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although earlier rumors had the deal at 5 years.
Flores, while raw and clearly still learning his way in MLS, showed some flashes of brilliance in his rookie season in the league, and the Whitecaps will look to continue to mold him into the player they want him to be. He's just 19 years old, so there's plenty of time for him to grow.
Some highlights, via the Whitecaps official news release.
- 11 starts in 15 total appearances with Whitecaps FC first team in 2015
- Earned his first senior international call-up to Honduras for friendly versus Cuba in December
- Played full 90 minutes in all three matches for Honduras at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup
Carl Robinson has never shied away from playing his youngsters, and it will be interesting to see the role Flores has in 2016. With scuttlebutt that Gershon Koffie may be on the move, that would certainly open up some minutes for Flores in the midfield, if the Whitecaps still want to try him out in the defensive midfield role.
In any case, congratulations to Deybi, and here's hoping he contributes to the team in a big way this season.