PITTSBURGH (January 8, 2019) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has signed forward Steevan Dos Santos to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2020 season, pending USL Championship and USSF approval.
Dos Santos, 29, spent the last two seasons with Ottawa Fury FC, where he was given the Fury FC Top Scorer Award during the 2017 campaign after posting 10 goals in league play to set a club record. Prior to his stint with Fury FC, he competed under current Hounds head coach Bob Lilley with the Rochester Rhinos from 2015-16.
“Steevan is a versatile target player who can help the team win games in many ways,” Lilley said. “He can score goals, set up goals and hold the ball in tight areas. His size allows him to be a factor on restarts at both ends, and his willingness to work for the team is exceptional.”
With Fury FC, the striker scored 15 goals in league play across two campaigns (2017-18). In both of these seasons, he either paced or tied for the team lead in tallies.
Dos Santos first began play at the USL Championship level with the Rhinos. In 2015, he helped the squad to its USL Cup championship, tying for the team lead with eight goals in 21 league appearances and totaling two additional tallies in three playoff matches. During the 2016 campaign, he finished with eight goals across 26 league appearances in addition to scoring three goals in two postseason games.
In his USL Championship playing career, Dos Santos has racked up 36 goals in 108 games played (including postseason) in four seasons.
Prior to playing in the United States, the Mindelo, Cape Verde native began his playing career in his home country with CS Mindelense, which he competed for from 2007-12. He then played in Norway for Ullensaker/Kisa IL for two seasons (2012-13) before being signed by Progresso, a club in Angola, for a short stint prior to joining Rochester in 2015.
With the addition of Dos Santos, the Hounds’ roster currently sits at 12 players heading into the 2019 campaign.
Roster breakdown for 2019 season
Forwards (2): Neco Brett, Steevan Dos Santos
Midfielders (5): Mouhamed Dabo, Kenardo Forbes, Noah Franke, Kevin Kerr, Thomas Vancaeyezeele
Defenders (4): Tobi Adewole, Jordan Dover, Joe Greenspan, Ryan James
Goalkeepers (1): Kyle Morton