FC Cincinnati re-sign Sergio Santos to long-term deal

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Santos is sticking around in Cincinnati.
Santos is sticking around in Cincinnati. / Melissa Majchrzak-USA TODAY Sports

FC Cincinnati have re-signed forward Sergio Santos to a contract through the 2024 season, with club options for 2025 and 2026.

The Brazilian forward joined the side back in early July from the Philadelphia Union and only played in eight games this season.

“We’re excited to have Sergio back with FC Cincinnati,” general manager Chris Albright said. “He’s a player with incredible ability, pace and work rate that adds a dangerous presence to our attack.

"Sergio is also a tremendous person and teammate, and we look forward to building upon the immediate impact that he made on our group last season.”

Santos helped his side qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs, in which he provided an assist to Brandon Vazquez's goal in their 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls in the first round only to lose to eventual MLS Cup runners-up and his former team in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

“I’m very happy to stay in Cincinnati,” Santos said. “The work we’re doing here is not finished, and I can’t wait to be back in front of the fans at TQL Stadium. Thank you to Chris, Pat [Noonan], and the coaches for putting their faith in me to help FC Cincinnati for years to come.”

Before joining FC Cincinnati, Santos played in 89 games in Philadelphia where he scored 22 goals and 13 assists. He began his professional career in Chile with Audax Italiano before joining the Union in 2019.

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