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Smith and Flores to return to their previous clubs.

The Whitecaps will clear up roster spots by sending both players back to their previous clubs.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps will free up two roster spots by sending Jordan Smith and Deybi Flores back to the clubs they came from.

Smith's loan to the 'Caps expires at the end of this year and the purchase option will not be picked up. According to TDMas Smith will be returning to his former team, Saprissa, in Costa Rica.

Flores will be loaned back to his former team, CD Motagua of the Honduran Liga Nacional. My Spanish is non-existent, so I'll rely on the translation of the report by Diez Diario from This Glass City. They state it is a transfer for an un-specified period of time so he can get some playing time, considering he is not able to crack either the first team or WCFC2.

Smith had a couple ups and mostly downs in a 'Caps uniform this season exemplified by a horrible red card tackle early in the campaign. The writing became clearly on the wall that he had lost Robbo's trust when players began to play out of position in order to fill his spot at RB. Most recently, rookie Cole Seiler played the last two MLS games at RB. They were not only his MLS debut, but the first time at RB in his career. At least Parker had some experience at RB in college before being moved to RB.

Flores is a young, long-term project that was recently signed to a multi-year deal. Robbo obviously sees something in him and is willing to invest in his development as a professional. Flores has recently been away with his national team, but if he is not ready for the first team, not getting into the second team and the 'Caps need to trim their cast to meet the roster compliance requirements then something has to give.