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Maicon Santos Reunites With Preki At Toronto FC

Maicon Santos Reunites With Preki At Toronto FC

Preki first brought Maicon Santos to Major League Soccer and the coach is now bringing the Brazilian to Canada.

It took less than a week after being cut by Chivas USA for Santos to find a new club, signing on with Toronto FC.

The 26-year-old has already experienced a well-traveled career, playing professionally in Brazil, Libya, and Israel before joining MLS on loan from Brazilian club Bonsucesson Futebol Clube. In nine appearances this year (three starts) Santos has only struck once. Last season the striker only netted one goal as well, against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the playoffs.

"We are delighted to welcome Maicon on board," said manager, director of soccer Mo Johnston. "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 Santos signing follows quickly on the heels of Mista's move to Toronto. The duo will transform TFC's attack, which has relied heavily on captain Dwayne DeRosario, who has netted eight and assisted three of the club's 16 goals in 2010.

Though Mista won't become available until after the international transfer window opens on July 15, Santos could suit up for Toronto on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids.

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