Toronto FC signs Honduran international Deiby Flores to two-year deal
Toronto FC continued to reinforce their roster ahead of the 2024 MLS season this week, as they announced the signing of 27-year-old midfielder, Deiby Flores, inking the Honduran international to a two-year deal with a one-year option.
Signed from Hungarian top-flight side Fehérvár FC, Flores spent a year in Hungary, making 32 appearances across all competitions since signing for the club at the beginning of 2023.
Welcome to Toronto, Deybi 🍁🇭🇳— Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) January 9, 2024
Toronto FC sign Defensive Midfielder Deybi Flores.#TFCLive
Following stints in Greece with Panetolikos, and in Honduras with CD Olimpia and Motagua, this TFC signing marks a return to a familiar league for Flores, as he played in MLS with the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2015 to 2017, where he played 16 games for their first team, along with 13 further appearances for their second team.
This time around, however, he returns to a very different MLS, one that has grown a lot since his departure.
Yet, it'll be a challenge he'll welcome, as he looks to bring some midfield help to a Toronto FC team that is looking to bolster as much of its lineup as possible, after having finished last place in MLS last year, becoming the first non-expansion MLS team to finish in the bottom two in three consecutive seasons.
As a result, they've brought in a new head coach, former CanMNT head coach John Herdman, who was hired late last summer before starting in the fall, and have since been slowly trimming the edges of their roster ahead of the new season.
They still have a lot of work in the process, including the massive task of figuring out how to best handle their highly-paid but underperforming Italian superstars, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi, but Flores ticks off a key box as a #6 replacement for the now-retired Michael Bradley, the club's longtime captain and midfield lynchpin.
Now, the club will look to further bolster their ranks, as they get set to begin their long journey from out of the bottom of MLS's basement, which they'll hope begins with their season opener on the road against defending Supporters Shield Champions FC Cincinnati on February 25th.