The Vancouver Whitecaps have loaned young midfielder Deybi Flores to Honduran side Club Deportivo Motagua through December of this year. Flores spent two seasons with the club before making his way to Vancouver in 2015.
It’s an easy move to make for the Whitecaps, as the 20 year old simply wasn’t getting any meaningful playing minutes with the big club, spending most of his time either on the bench or with their USL affiliate, WFC2. Flores played exactly 45 minutes for the first team this season, starting the March 12th match against Sporting Kansas City. It’s far less than 2015, when he was able to figure in nine regular season matches, starting five of them. He was also included in four CCL matches last season.
Carl Robinson was quoted as saying as much in the Whitecaps official media release.
“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.”
In my opinion, it’s absolutely the right move, as Flores clearly did not seem MLS ready. Hopefully he can grow his game and his confidence in Honduras and come back to the club next year re-charged and ready to contribute more.