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DENVER (Thursday, March 5, 1998) - Major League Soccer has allocated Brazilian star midfielder Marquinho to the Colorado Rapids. The attacking midfielder last year led Alianza Lima to the Peruvian championship and was named the country's Foreign Player of the Year.
Known for his creative vision and deft touch in distributing the ball, as well as possessing an extremely dangerous long-range free-kick, Marquinho, 31, will join the Rapids in Florida next week for the last contests of the pre-season.
Rapids general manager Dan Counce said the acquisition is the result of a long process.
"This did not just happen, we have been looking at Marquinho for a long time. To bring in a player of his caliber takes time, and now that we have completed the deal, everyone is looking forward to that first game to see him dictating play in a Rapids uniform," said Counce.
Rapids coach Glenn "Mooch" Myernick said Marquinho will have an immediate impact on the face of the team.
"He will be our quarterback of the offense. The role of the attacking midfielder is to control the offense and create goals and Marquinho has a long history of doing exactly that. The fact that he is a dead-ball specialist just makes him that much better," Myernick said.
Born Marco Antonio dos Santos, Marquinho brings an impressive international pedigree to the Rapids. In 1994, he led Austrian club team Casino Salzburg to the finals of the UEFA Cup, the European Club championship. In the finals, Marquinho nearly led his team to victory when his twenty-yard rocket struck the left post, and then the right post, before bouncing away harmlessly.
In 1992, playing for Peruvian club Sports Boys, Marquinho was asked to pick up the goal-scoring load and responded with a 20-goal season to lead the country in goal scoring and earn himself the honor of the league's Most Valuable Player award.
Full Name: Marco Antonio Dos Santos Ht: 5-10 Wt: 155 Born: November 11, 1966, in Sao Paulo, Brazil Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil Citizenship: Brazilian How Acquired: 1998 Allocation Pro Outdoor Experience: Alianza Lima (Peru) 1997 Puebla (Mexico) 1996 Alianza Lima 1995 Casino Salzburg (Austria) 1994 Sporting Cristal (Peru) 1993 Sport Boys (Peru) 1990-92 Inter. Portoalegre (Brazil) 1989 Ponte Preta (Brazil) 1985-88
1998 OUTLOOK: The allocation of the Brazilian star will give the Rapids a dangerous element that they have lacked at the #10 (attacking midfielder) position. Marquinho is well known for his ability to not only score goals, but even more so to create goals for his teammates. He also has a lethal dead ball, and will be counted upon to take the Rapids' free-kicks from anywhere within striking distance.
1997 SEASON: Marquinho led Alianza Lima to the championship of the Peruvian league and was named the top foreign player in Peru for 1997. While creating many goals for Alianza on their road to the title, Marquinho also knocked in twelve goals of his own, many off of long distance free-kicks.
1994 SEASON: Marquinho was a catalyst as Casino Salzburg not only won the Austrian championship, but advanced to the finals of the UEFA Cup, the European club championship. In the final game, a loss to Italian powerhouse Internazionale Milan, Marquinho nearly pulled the game out for Casino when his low, line drive hit one post and then the other before bouncing away. Marquinho scored five goals on the season.
1992 SEASON: Called upon to pick up the goal scoring load for Sport Boys in Peru, Marquinho came through as asked, scoring 20 goals on the season, which made him the leading scorer in the country. With his play, Marquinho was named the Most Valuable Player in Peru for the year.