Columbus Crew SC has been relatively quiet this offseason. Gregg Berhalter earlier promised significant moves to prepare the team for 2017. The next move may be more of a youth movement as the team has been linked to Junior Flores by Washington Post's Steve Goff.
Flores is a 20 year old youth prospect who signed with Borussia Dortmund in 2012 with a contract. He’s played all three positions behind a forward, but often is at the central playmaking spot or on the right.
Flores has struggled mightily since his move to Germany and has failed to make an appearance with the senior team. He's only made a handful of appearances for the Borussia 2nd team with three starts last year and no appearances this year. Flores has also faded from the youth National Team picture. He failed to make the 2015 U-20 World Cup squad.
These rumors are nothing new. Flores has been linked with moves back to MLS several times in the past couple years as his playing time dwindled. Goff had previously noted he was in the picture to move on loan to MLS in April. He was also linked Orlando City last January. With repeated rumors cropping up, any link to Crew SC should be taken with some reservations. However, Flores has obviously hit a dead end with Dortmund and needs a change of scenery.
Currently, Crew SC would have to use an allocation to bring Flores into MLS. The league has added Flores to the MLS Allocation List as a Youth National Team player. Columbus is currently 17th on the list, but it will reset this offseason and Crew SC will move up to 5th.
Flores has always had promise, but it’s now a question if he would be worth using an allocation on a risky move with significant potential.