Senna's been man in the middle for Cosmos

Cosmos midfielder Marcos Senna, center, gets congratulated by Cosmos midfielder Marcos Senna, center, gets congratulated by teammates Stefan Dimitrov, left, and Hagop Chirishian after scoring a goal on a penalty kick to give his team 1-0 lead over the Atlanta Silverbacks in the first half. (Sept. 7, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

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No player has made as big an impact on the Cosmos than veteran midfielder Marcos Senna. Many soccer observers consider the former Spanish international to be the first-year North American Soccer League team's MVP.

Senna also was a vital performer for Spain when it captured Euro 2008, which started its amazing run of three major championships (2010 World Cup and Euro 2012).

As a central midfielder, the 37-year-old Senna has been the anchor of the first-place Cosmos (7-1-3, 24 points), who can clinch a berth in the NASL championship game, Soccer Bowl (in Atlanta Nov. 9), if they defeat FC Edmonton at Hofstra' Shuart Stadium today at 4 p.m.

Why did you decide to play for the Cosmos?

Of course, the history of the team and the project that they showed me, with the team and what they were going to build. I liked that, now that it is actually happening, being in first place and possibly going to the championship game. And of course, the city of New York.

Do you have a favorite place or spot in the city?

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I have no preference in the city. I actually like Garden City, where I am living. It is very calm and the quality of life is good. You have access of going into the city -- Manhattan -- catching the train.

If the Cosmos reach the final and win the championship, how important will that be for you and the team?

It will mean a lot to win a championship. I can put it there with Euro 2008 with Spain. For all the clubs I have played for I have always won a championship. All the titles that I have won is special because I have worked for it. This title mean a lot to me, too, because that is what I am here for.

How well are the Cosmos playing right now?

The team, of course, started a little bit shaky in the beginning, being a new team. But as the season progressed the team matured just about every game. As you can see right now the chemistry is better, how the players are positioned and how the coaching staff wants them to play. It starts with the top, from the owner, president, the coaching staff, equipment guy. Everybody contributes to the team to how they're playing right now.

How much do you miss playing for Spain?

Of course, I miss playing for Spain, playing with great players. You stop getting called for some reason. I understand that. It's a cycle that happens for every player. I am happy to be here with the Cosmos and I am focusing on winning the championship.

Do you think Spain can defend its World Cup title?

Being that Spain is still the champion, it ranks right there winning the cup again. There is a possibility they can repeat.

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