Today, Marcos Senna announced his plan to retire from the New York Cosmos and the end of the 2015 NASL season in November. Originally from Spain, he plans to return to his home country and continue to work for the Cosmos in an international development role.
His parting words were, “I’ve been blessed to have had the career I’ve had and fortunate to play with some truly exceptional players and teams,” Senna said. “Right now, my body feels great and I want to make sure that I’m able to retire while I’m playing well and on my own terms. The move to New York and joining the Cosmos has been fantastic for my family and we’ve experienced some truly unforgettable memories here in the U.S.”
Unforgettable memories indeed, Senna helped to bring the Cosmos to the 2013 NASL Championship during the club’s first professional season in 30 years, where he scored the game-winning goal for the championship. The 38- year old soccer star has made a total of 43 appearances for the New York Cosmos, netting 11 goals and 3 assists.
Head coach Giovanni Savarese was extremely pleased with Senna’s performance over the past two years. He explains how his leadership and professionalism tremendously helped the Cosmos develop as a team.
Some background on Senna: He started playing professional soccer in Brazil, but before coming to New York, he spent 11 seasons at Villarreal CF in Spain. There, he was recognized as one of the top midfielders in La Liga, Spain’s top soccer league. Senna made over 300 appearances, scored 29 goals for the Yellow Submarines and brought them back to La Liga is 2013. Also during his career at Villarreal, the club advanced to the UEFA Champions League semifinal and finished second. He was an important player for the Spanish team that won Euro 2008 and was selected to the UEFA Team of the Tournament.