HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Braga and signed on August 8, 2017.
Santos is an exciting, attacking-minded player who primarily played on the right wing during his career in Portugal. He made an immediate impact after arriving in Columbus in August of 2017 and had a breakout 2019 season with 11 goals and six assists. He filled in for the injured Federico Higuain as the No. 10, but slotted back to the wing after the signing of Lucas Zelarayan and helped lead Crew SC to the MLS Cup title.
OUTSIDE MLS: Santos made his debut with SC Braga in September 2014. He was a regular starter throughout his time with the club, making 114 appearances (72 starts) while scoring 24 goals and providing 19 assists. Santos has recorded at least five goals and four assists in each of his last three seasons with SC Braga. Santos’ professional career began in 2007 with Casa Pia AC of Portugal’s Fourth Division. He was a member of the 2009-2010 squad that helped Casa Pia reach the Third Division. The midfielder then joined Leixoes SC of Portugal’s Second Division, where he made 50 appearances (39 starts) and scored six goals from 2010-2012. Santos spent the 2012-2013 season with Vitoria Setubal FC, where he made 34 appearances (26 starts), recording four goals and four assists. After signing with SC Braga on July 1 of 2013, Santos was sent on loan to Astra Giurgiu of Romania’s First Division for the first half of the 2013/2014 season, making four appearances (two starts) and scoring one goal while helping the Romanian side win the 2014 Cup Romaniei. Santos spent the second half of the 2013/2014 season on loan with Rio Ave FC of Portugal’s Second Division. While with Rio Ave FC, Santos made 22 appearances (19 starts), scoring one goal.