The 26-year-old began his stint with the Cosmos on loan from Turín-FESA in July 2014 and made the move permanent in December of the same year. Flores has consistently captained his country’s national team over the years, leading El Salvador to a third-place finish in the 2014 Copa Centroamericana and assisting on the goal in the 2017 Copa that advanced them to this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
“Andrés had a wonderful season last year,” said Head Coach Giovanni Savarese in a press release. “He is a talented young player who has consistently shown his quality and versatility within our midfield. We are looking forward to his contributions this season.”
“Ruso” comes off a break out year of sorts with the Cosmos, registering new highs in many major categories including goals (4), assists (6), and minutes played (1,044).
Flores commented on his return, saying “I’m very happy to be back at the Cosmos. This is a historic club and it means a lot to be part of it”.
— Andrés Flores (@andresflo1) January 24, 2017
Flores, at time of writing, is the seventh player to return from the 2016 squad and eighth member of the Cosmos roster. However, he is the first attacker to sign on for 2017. With the likes of Juan Arango, Yohandry Orozco, Lucky Mkosana, and Jairo Arrieta already ff to new challenges, Cosmos fans, unfortunately, should expect a mostly brand new attack in 2017. There is one exception left to watch, though: Ruben Bover. Not much has been said about the Spanish attacker’s situation, although he took to Instagram prior to Rocco Commisso’s purchase of the club to wonder about the club’s status in the coming year, albeit simply. Additionally, he was seen with former Cosmo Ayoze in the left back’s native Tenerife in December. Ayoze has long been rumored to be an MLS target.
It remains to be seen how Gio Savarese fills out the rest of the Cosmos squad with 66 days to go until the club’s April 1st home opener, but it certainly has been a promising week in terms of Cosmos players announcements.