Sergio Santos is newest Philadelphia Union player. The 6'0" Brazilian striker joins the club from Chilean Primera divison side Audax Italiano.
Santos is 24 years old and has worked his way into the Audax first team over the past few seasons, rising to become their top scorer last year. He arrived in Chile without an agent and had to prove himself every step of the way until clubs outside Chile -- including some in Mexico who were interested in signing him this window -- took notice. Santos boasts speed and strength, and it's the directness of his game that should prove to be a good fit in the Union's transition-oriented system next year. The 181 pound Brazilian is a mismatch for fullbacks with his size, and he presents huge problems for center backs with his speed. In short, he has shown the kind of raw ability that can make him a versatile option up front for the Union as they seek to flexibly adapt their tactics throughout the 2019 season.
With two ten goal scorers already on the roster, the Union had the foundation for a strong attack next year, but Santos now gives Jim Curtin and his staff a new option to use in conjunction with Cory Burke, CJ Sapong, and Fafa Picault. Taking advantage of direct, powerful attackers will be a key aspect of the Union's tactics in 2019, and Santos, who may need time to adapt to the pace of play and physicality allowed in MLS, could emerge as an important piece as the year progresses.
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