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Marcos Senna Named NASL Player of the Week for the Second Time this Season

Cosmos midfielder and former Spanish International Marcos Senna converted a dramatic and decisive free kick for the club in a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies on Sunday to remain on top of the 2013 Fall Season Standings. That goal and his commanding performance in midfield earned him the North American Soccer League Player of the Week honors for the second time during the fall campaign.

Marcos Senna celebrates the game-winner for the Cosmos' By: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Marcos Senna celebrates the game-winner for the Cosmos’ By: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

“Scoring a goal in that kind of situation was a great feeling because it put us on top and helped the team win,” Senna said, who also won the NASL accolades at the conclusion of Week 5 (Sept. 3).  “I am very glad it was a very important goal, above all else.  Now it’s behind us though, and time to get ready for Minnesota.”

After trailing by 3-1 at halftime, the Cosmos scored two second-half goals to level the match with 10 minutes remaining. Then, in the 82nd minute, the Spanish midfielder lofted a 23-yard free kick over the Rowdies five-man wall and inside the near post for his third goal of the year to delight the home fans in the crowd of 6,518 at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium.

Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese said: “Yesterday was a huge win for us, a very important win.  The players stuck together, created opportunities for each other and finished the game as a team.  Marcos was a key part of that again and I was happy he scored that goal. And tomorrow, we get right back to preparing for the next match. It should be another exciting one.”

Savarese said during the post-game press conference that he believed he could see in Senna’s eyes and by the determination he showed demanding the ball to take the free kick that he was about to become the match winner.

“You can tell that a player with the quality of Marcos Senna is able to put in that goal and that it was going to be the winner,” Savarese said. “Marcos was able to score a beautiful goal.”

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Senna began his career with Rio Branco Esporte Clube in 1997. After playing for a number of different Brazilian clubs, he moved to the Spanish side Villarreal CF in 2002, where he was recognized as one of the top midfielders in La Liga, Spain’s top league. He helped the team reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2005–06, while gaining the club’s captaincy.

Senna was granted Spanish citizenship in early 2006 and then competed at the FIFA World Cup in Germany. Two years later, he was an integral part of the Spanish team that won the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland (Euro 2008). Senna has made 28 international appearances with the Spanish side and scored one goal.

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