Sergio Santos - Philadelphia Union - celebrating a goal with Audax Italiano
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Philadelphia Union sign Brazilian striker Sergio Santos via TAM

TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing

The Philadelphia Union announced the signing of Brazilian forward Sergio Santos on Friday, bolstering their attack or 2019 via the use of Targeted Allocation Money.

Santos joins Philly from Chilean Primera Division club Audax Italiano for an undisclosed transfer fee; he will be added to the Union roster following receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 Visa and will occupy an international roster slot.

Santos, 24, scored nine goals across 16 league appearances during the 2018 season for Audax, leading the club in scoring and tying for 10th in the league. He helped the club qualify for the 2018 Copa Sudamericana and reach the Copa Chile final, where the side finished as runners-up to Palestino. 

“Sergio is a young forward with potential and we are pleased to complete his signing,” said Union sporting director Ernst Tanner in a club release. “When we met with him in Chile, it became apparent that he is a good fit for our club both as a player and as a person. He took an unconventional route going to Chile on his own at age 19, but we have observed rapid improvement and development at Audax, and believe he is ready for this next step. We next look forward to integrating him as quickly as possible with the team at the start of preseason.”

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