Toronto FC coach Preki has gone out and caught one of his own. The club announced on Friday that it has signed Brazilian striker Maicon Santos, who was released earlier this week by Chivas USA.
Santos joined Chivas USA last August and played under Preki for half a season at the Home Depot Center. The Brazilian appeared in eight games for the Goats, scoring a goal and an assist, and then adding another goal in the playoffs against the LA Galaxy.
He is now reunited with his former coach at BMO Field, and is eligible to appear for Toronto FC on Saturday against Colorado.
“We are delighted to welcome Maicon on board,” TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston said in a statement. “Preki knows this player inside and out, and speaks very highly of him both on and off the field. He’s a target man, strong, and packs a very good shot. We are very excited to get him in the lineup.”
The 26-year-old Santos is originally from the city of Paracambi, about 50 miles west of Rio de Janeiro. Prior to joining MLS, the striker played professionally in Brazil, Libya and Israel.