Pedro Santos (footballer, born 1988)
Santos with Columbus in 2017
|Full name||Pedro Miguel Martins Santos|
|Date of birth||22 April 1988|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Columbus Crew SC|
|2013||→ Astra Giurgiu (loan)||2||(1)|
|2014||→ Rio Ave (loan)||14||(0)|
|2017–||Columbus Crew SC||72||(12)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2019|
After starting out at Casa Pia, he went on to amass Primeira Liga totals of 118 matches with 22 goals at the service of Vitória de Setúbal, Rio Ave and Braga. He represented Leixões in the Liga de Honra, and also competed professionally in Romania with Astra Giurgiu and the United States with Columbus Crew.
Born in Lisbon, Santos played youth football with three clubs, including Casa Pia A.C. from ages 13–19. He spent his first seasons as a senior in the lower leagues, scoring a career-best 17 goals in the 2009–10 season to help the team promote to the third division.
Subsequently, Santos moved to the professionals after signing with Leixões S.C. from the Liga de Honra. In his second year at the Estádio do Mar, he started in 23 of his 27 appearances (four goals) and the side finished in 11th position.
In the summer of 2012, Santos joined Vitória de Setúbal, making his debut in the Primeira Liga on 19 August of that year by coming as a 68th-minute substitute in a 2–2 away draw against C.D. Nacional, where he won a penalty and was also booked. His first goal in the league arrived on 4 November, when he played 79 minutes and helped the hosts defeat Sporting CP 2–1.
Santos moved to S.C. Braga also in the top level in the 2014 off-season, but split his debut campaign between FC Astra Giurgiu and Rio Ave FC, always on loan. After returning to his parent club, he helped to consecutive fourth-place finishes and scored 12 goals combined in the process; on 22 May 2016, he replaced Josué for the last minutes of regulation time in the final of the Taça de Portugal (2–2 draw), and converted his penalty shootout in a 4–2 triumph at the Estádio Nacional.
On 7 August 2017, 29-year-old Santos signed for Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC as a designated player. He made his debut 12 days later, playing 28 minutes in a 1–1 away draw against Orlando City SC.
|Club||Season||League||Domestic Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Continental[c]||Other||Total|
|Casa Pia||2008–09||Terceira Divisão||14||8||1||0||–||–||–||15||8|
|Leixões||2010–11||Liga de Honra||14||1||2||0||2||0||–||–||18||1|
|2011–12||Liga de Honra||27||4||3||0||1||0||–||–||31||4|
|Vitória Setúbal||2012–13||Primeira Liga||28||4||2||0||4||0||–||–||34||4|
|Astra Giurgiu (loan)||2013–14||Liga I||2||1||2||0||–||0||0||–||4||1|
|Rio Ave (loan)||2013–14||Primeira Liga||14||0||4||0||4||1||–||–||22||1|
|Columbus Crew SC||2017||MLS||9||0||0||0||–||–||5[e]||0||14||0|
- SJPF Segunda Liga Player of the Month: November 2011
- SJPF Segunda Liga Young Player of the Month: November 2011
- "Nacional 2–2 V. Setúbal" (in Portuguese). SAPO. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "Infantilidades a mais" [Too much of child's play] (in Portuguese). DNotícias. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "V. Setúbal-Sporting, 2–1 (destaques)" [V. Setúbal-Sporting, 2–1 (highlights)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "Sp. Braga vence Taça de Portugal" [Sp. Braga win Portuguese Cup] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
- "Crew SC adds 3rd DP in Portuguese midfielder Pedro Santos". Columbus Crew SC. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
- "#MLS | David Villa sigue implacable" [#MLS | David Villa remains relentless] (in Spanish). Deporte Total USA. 20 August 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- Pedro Santos at ForaDeJogo
- Pedro Santos at Soccerway
- "Finala Cupei României: Steaua-Astra 2–4 la lovituri de departajare (0–0 după prelungiri). Giurgiuvenii, la primul trofeu din istorie" [Romanian Cup Final: Steaua-Astra 2–4 in penalty shootout (0–0 after extra time). Giurgiu, the first trophy in history] (in Romanian). ProSport. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
- "Pedro Santos – Leixões – Prémios foram entregues" [Pedro Santos – Leixões – Awards were handed out] (in Portuguese). Mitch Foot Futebol Matosinhos. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
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