Deybi Flores joins Toronto FC: A game-changer for MLS 2024

Ferencvarosi TC v MOL Fehervar FC - Hungarian OTP Bank Liga
Ferencvarosi TC v MOL Fehervar FC - Hungarian OTP Bank Liga / Laszlo Szirtesi/GettyImages

In a significant move for the upcoming 2024 season, Honduran midfielder Deybi Flores was officially introduced as a Toronto FC player in Major League Soccer (MLS) last Tuesday.

Flores, a notable reinforcement for the team, has signed a two-season deal with the Canadian side, with an option to extend for an additional year. Jaron Hernández, the team's manager, expressed his enthusiasm about Flores joining the squad, stating, "We are thrilled to have Deybi join us for the 2024 season and beyond. He is a warrior in the midfield and will be a key piece in our evolution as a group."

The 27-year-old midfielder will reunite with English coach John Herdman, who was in charge of the Canadian national team during recent encounters with Flores in the qualifying process for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Gold Cup.

Herdman, a 48-year-old Briton, took over as the men's national team coach in 2018 after seven years leading the women's team. Under his guidance, Canada qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1986, despite facing challenges in Qatar 2022.

Flores faces a tough challenge to secure a spot in the red team, particularly given the presence of Canadian midfielder Jonathan Osorio, a pivotal player for both Toronto FC and the national team. Osorio's influence in the midfield adds competition for Flores as he embarks on this new chapter in his career.