FRISCO, Texas (February 24, 2023) – North Texas SC has signed 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner Henri Marinho dos Santos on loan from Palmeiras throughout the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro season, pending league and U.S. Soccer Federation approval. Per team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
North Texas SC has an option to exercise a permanent transfer on Santos’ contract following the conclusion of his 2023 loan.
Santos, 21, joins North Texas SC after three seasons with Palmeiras. Since signing for the Brazilian club, the defender made 20 appearances and registered 1,522 minutes over three years. Santos found the back of the net on three occasions. He also won the Brasileirão U-20, Copa do Brasil U-20 during the 2022 campaign and the Copa São Paulo de Futebol in 2023 for Palmeiras.
“We are delighted to bring in a player of this caliber,” said North Texas SC General Manager Matt Denny. “Henri brings great experience. We are excited with his addition to the club that I am sure fans will enjoy seeing him play.”
Santos was part of the Brazil U-17 MYNT that hosted and won the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He started in all seven matches that led into the final playing all 630 minutes. The center back contributed with one assist and was the captain of the national team.
Full Name: Henri Marinho dos Santos
Preferred Name: Henri Santos
Pronunciation: hen-REE SAN-toes
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Date of Birth: February 19, 2002 (21)
Birthplace: Araçatuba, Brazil
Weight: 189 lbs.
Last Club: Palmeiras
Transaction: North Texas SC signs defender Henri Marinho dos Santos on loan from Pameiras for the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro season.