ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced their first new signing of the offseason on Thursday with the addition of forward Steevan Dos Santos to a one-year deal with a club option for 2022. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
“Steevan is a player that I have played and coached against, and I am pleased that he is now on our side,” said Rowdies Head Coach Neill Collins. “He was a key member of Pittsburgh’s attack for the past two years and was one of our fiercest opponents. I think Steevan will add something to our team that we have not had before, his ability to multitask.”
Dos Santos spent the past two seasons with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, where he helped the side reach the USL Championship Playoffs each campaign and finish top of the Eastern Conference in the 2019 season. The Cape Verde native recorded five goals and one assist in 10 appearances during the 2020 Championship season.
“For me, it would be an honor and a privilege to represent an organization of the caliber and quality such as Tampa Bay Rowdies,” Dos Santos said. “First off, I’d like to thank Neil and Lee for the opportunity to continue to play in the USL Championship while representing the Rowdies. I promise the organization and the Rowdies’ fans that I will work hard and give it my best. I look forward to helping bring the USL Championship home to Tampa, alongside my teammates.”
Dos Santos is a former USL Championship Final-winner, having claimed the title in the 2015 season with the Rochester Rhinos. The 31-year-old has been among the most consistent finishers in the Championship over the past six seasons, notching 46 regular-season goals and 14 assists in 150 appearances.
Additionally, Dos Santos has been one of the best target forwards in the Championship in recent seasons, using his 6-foot-4 frame to impressive effect. Over the past three seasons, Dos Santos leads all players in the Championship with 727 duels won at a success rate of 51.6 percent, and 468 aerial duels won at a success rate of 56 percent.