“Well, it feels great,” Flores told TICC. “It’s always nice when you can see a person from your country and now that I have two teammates, it’s great. I’m just trying to enjoy, just trying to help them out in any way I can and just trying to enjoy it, because it’s always hard to have teammates from El Salvador, but now I have two so we’re just trying to enjoy it and put our work on the field.”The midfielder, part of the club since 2014, suddenly found himself without a team as players were released following their second straight NASL title. Following such a roller coaster of events, Flores did what many people do when trying to reason things out and figure out their next steps.
He went home.
“Well, I went to El Salvador to spend time with my family,” he shared. “That’s always good for us because we have a long season and we try to spend the most time with our family as we can. So I went there and was always trying to read the news, and read you guys, to see what was the news that was going on with the team and other than that, just trying to study the options and see what was best for me.”
While back home, Flores spent time with his national team in the Copa Centroamericana. During his time with them, he helped earn them qualification to this year’s Gold Cup, assisting on the goal that got them there. The man who scored that goal? None other than current Cosmos teammate Irvin Herrera.
“It was a good connection. He sent me a good pass, truthfully, and I just had to push it towards the net,” said Herrera of the goal.
“Yeah, we’ve been teammates now for a few years and we know each other well. We’re good friends. We get along very well and I know on the field, there could be that connection that could help the team find results on and off the field, as well,” he continued.
And the striker has clear what his objectives are for 2017, score goals and win another championship, especially after being unable to find a title with St. Louis FC last season. To that end, he feels that the relationship with Flores could be crucial, but believes he is finding a connection with more teammates as preseason goes on.“In my first season, I want to win a championship since we couldn’t in St. Louis, but we did it in El Salvador with Santa Tecla and every player wants this every season and that’s what we’re going to be looking for.”
“We know each other very well,” he said of Flores. “We’ve been playing together for some time. And not just him, my other teammates are getting to know me, my style, and my movements so that we can function better on the field and to score many goals, which is why they’ve brought me here, no?”
And after a title, a release from his club, the rumored death of his team, a trip home, a stint with his international team and the return of his club, Flores is just glad to be where he currently is in 2017: back where he was in 2016.
“Well, it feels good to be back after all those months that we had really tough moments and times. So now that we’re here, it feels really good ‘cuz we think that if we push and we do a lot of our work, we can do a lot of good things. It feels good to be back.”