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Steevan Dos Santos with the ball at his feet, with a defender in front of him, at training

The Long Range Striker

By OttawaFuryFC.com, 04/20/17, 12:00PM EDT

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Steevan Dos Santos' journey to Ottawa

Coach Paul Dalglish against media board.
Steevan Dos Santos with the ball at his feet, with a defender in front of him, at training

Steevan Dos Santos is no stranger to scoring goals. His prowess around the goal helped the Rochester Rhinos claim the USL Championship in 2015 and in just three short games he’s already put his mark on Ottawa Fury FC scoring a phenomenal goal from the halfway line to help Fury FC secure their first-ever win in USL action.

The Cape Verdean international began his professional career with CS Mindelese playing five years in his homeland before shifting his game to play in Norway in 2012 – a country that is the polar opposite of what he was used to.

The move to Norway, to play for Ullensaker/Kisa IL of the OBOS-ligaen league, was a shock for Dos Santos. It was the first time he had ever seen snow or played in the cold. But his adaptability to new situations is tremendous and with only two campaigns with the team he scored 27 goals in 4,058 minutes played averaging a goal every two games.

“It was a shock for me because Cape Verde is hot – it’s usually 25 degrees or 30 degrees and going to Norway, it was below zero, it was freezing and that was my first time away from home, it was a shocker.”

In 2013, he moved to Angola and signed a short-term contract with Progresso. The same year he was signed in Angola, he was called up to play for the Cape Verdean National team against Catalonia in December 2013.

His short stint for Progresso led to another move, this time to the United States when signed with USL side Rochester Rhinos in 2015.

“I was in the U.S. in Rochester, and in my first year there it was terrible. The weather was terrible and I think they had the record for the coldest day ever in Rochester. And I was like ‘why would they bring me here when it’s this cold’.” 

But the cold couldn’t curb his talent and like the strong player that he is, his adaptive nature came through and he mustered 20 goals in 50 starts making a huge impact on the roster, helping lead the team to win the USL Championship in his first year with the club. His next step in his career brought him to Fury FC.

“I was really excited when I heard I was coming to Ottawa,” said Dos Santos. “Playing in Norway and with Rochester, I got used to the cold so I knew it wouldn’t impact my style of play.

In 2016, Fury FC Head Coach Paul Dalglish was after a big and experienced striker and signed Dos Santos to his roster when the opportunity presented itself. While Dos Santos is just three games into his career with Fury FC, his presence in the squad – on and off the field – is already visible and as his phenomenal striker last Saturday shows, the Cape Verdean international will be a vital component to Ottawa’s success in their inaugural season in USL.

Ottawa Fury FC makes its long-awaited return to TD Place on Saturday as the club hosts Toronto FC II. Tickets for Fury FC home games and season tickets for the 2017 USL season are available at OttawaFuryFC.com, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.