Finally another addition hits the roster with United's acquisition of Maicon Santos. In another time, with a different club, I might be pleased with this pickup. As it stands, I'm just left feeling suspicious.
While Santos has a reasonable history with the league (and so will not have to suffer through a period of adapting to the style of play), his mediocre goal tally (14 goals in 2.5 years) and the fact that he's far more adept at scoring the odd spectacular goal than finishing chances regularly don't exactly make him the ideal fit as the style of poacher I think United lacks.
Likewise, while his build and reasonable technical ability make him an interesting prospect as a target forward, I'm less sanguine about his levels of effort/commitment and ability to play well with others (read as: share the ball). While selfishness is often a requisite trait for a good forward, I'd suggest that Santos' MLS goal haul doesn't exactly justify his.
Of course, if Santos is motivated, comes with a reasonable price tag (as you would expect given last year's $126k salary figure and no sniffs in the Re-Entry Draft), and is projected as depth, he's an excellent choice. He can play up top or in the hole, possesses good athleticism and skill, and can score you the odd goal. As cover for both forward spots (up high or in the De Rosario spot), he'd be a pretty good fit. That said, the FO's recent record leads me to believe that this may be their "solution" up top.
Color me a little underwhelmed and looking nervously at a team (and franchise) that are uncomfortably reminiscent of the consistent promise and consistent failure of a certain club in Toronto.
Still, this list of trialists looks promising for our depth problems. Roster Reset #3 coming soon...