Flores joined DC ahead of the 2020 MLS season for a club-record $5 million, coming from the Liga MX after a strong run in Morelia. But he struggled to make a consistent impact under three different managers, posting three goals and eight assists in 41 appearances (33 starts).
The left-handed playmaker has enjoyed more success on the international stage, netting 15 goals in 62 caps. He helped Peru to a fifth-place finish on the Conmebol (South America) World Cup qualifying path, earning a spot in the Intercontinental Playoffs on June 13 against the United Arab Emirates winner against Australia ( route of the fourth round of Asia). The winner reaches the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Flores is one of two DC United Designated Players alongside Greece international striker Taxi Fountas, who made his debut in mid-April after an earlier than expected transfer from Austria’s Rapid Vienna. Comparatively, Fountas already has 5g/3a in seven matches, which is more than any one of Flores’ singular three seasons in MLS.
If DC clears another DP slot, they could make big strides this summer in pursuit of their top spot in the Audi MLS Cup playoffs since 2019. They parted ways with manager Hernan Losada on April 20, appointing Chad Ashton as interim manager.
The Blacks and Reds are 13th in the Eastern Conference standings (record 4V-7D-2D) and will be back June 18 at Chicago Fire FC after the international break (8 p.m. ET | UniMas, TUDN, Twitter).