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Topic - Maicon Santos
At this time last year, D.C. United were mired in the lower half of the table. They had notched just 12 points in 10 games and were still feeling the effects of a three-match losing steak in which they were outscored 11-3.
It's safe to say the duo of Chris Pontius and Maicon Santos wasn't D.C. United's first-choice forward partnership to start this season. Nor was it the club's second option. Or third, in fact.
Maicon Santos scored his first two goals with his new club and added an assist to lead D.C. United to a 4-1 victory over F.C. Dallas on Friday night.
D.C. United last season learned all too well the chances a team takes when fielding a thin roster.