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DC United acquires Peruvian midfielder Edison Flores in club-record transfer

In his last two seasons with Morelia in Liga MX, the 25-year-old scored 12 goals and recorded six assists.

Peru's Edison Flores (l.) celebrates after scoring during the Copa America 2019 semifinal match between Chile and Peru, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, July 3, 2019.Peru won 3-0. (Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA)

WASHINGTON — D.C. United completed the acquisition of Peruvian international Edison Flores from Liga MX team Atlético Monarcas Morelia pending his International Transfer Certificate and P1 Visa, the club announced Tuesday. The midfielder will occupy United’s second Designated Player slot. 

United reportedly paid a club-record transfer fee of $5 million for Flores, according to the Washington Post. The previous club high was of $3.25 million for U.S. men’s national team midfielder Paul Arriola in August 2017 from Mexican team Club Tijuana. Arriola occupies United’s other Designated Player slot. 

“We are excited to add an international player of Edison’s pedigree to the team ahead of the 2020 season,” United general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. “He is an exciting and dynamic attacking player who creates and scores goals. What has really impressed us is his commitment to the team…he is a versatile and gritty two-way player who plays with a real pulse.”

Flores, 25, will help fill the empty attacking positions left by the departure of forward Wayne Rooney, midfielder Luciano Acosta and Lucas Rodriguez, whose loan expired at the end of the 2019 season. 

While Flores is experienced on the left wing, he can play centrally where Acosta spent most of his time as the creative playmaker for United. 

In his last two seasons with Morelia, Flores scored 12 goals and recorded six assists.

He made his debut on the international stage for Peru on Aug. 14, 2013 in a scoreless draw with South Korea. Since then he has scored 13 goals and recorded three assists in 47 appearances.

In the 2018 World Cup, Flores made an appearance in all three of Peru’s group stage matches against Denmark, France and Australia. Last summer, he played in every game in the 2019 Copa América tournament leading up to Peru’s ultimate demise in the final against Brazil.

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