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Age not a factor for Cosmos' Marcos Senna

Villarreal's Marcos Senna celebrates after scoring a goal

Villarreal's Marcos Senna celebrates after scoring a goal against Arsenal during his Champions League quarterfinal match at the Madrigal Stadium in Villarreal. Credit: AP, 2009

Age is irrelevant and relative for the Cosmos' newest and biggest signing.

Former Spanish international midfielder Marcos Senna turns 37 on July 17, an age when many of his contemporaries have already called it a career. For example, former Brazilian international midfielder Juninho retired from the Red Bulls at 38 last week after experiencing problems with the physical play in MLS.

But Senna, who has many miles on his legs after 16 years of playing professionally, said that he has plenty left in the tank. He expects to play three more seasons with a goal of "winning the championship" this year.

"I'm in perfect condition," Senna said Monday, meeting the area media for the first time in New York City.

The Cosmos will open play in the more physical North American Soccer League at Hofstra on Aug. 3.

"Of course, Europe is just not playing football. it is also physical," he said. "With the experience I have with football, I am completely prepared for whatever comes my way."

A Brazilian by birth, Senna became a naturalized Spanish citizen in 2006 and played an instrumental role, helping La Roja to the 2008 European Championship.

Senna's age and name were never a factor, Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese said.

"We know exactly what we're bringing here," he said. "We have a lot of young players. We're looking to have that good mix that could make it a good blend. Definitely Senna is a player that can still play, He brings so many things, his professionalism. If we had any concern, he wouldn't be here.

"He's not here because he's a name. It's important to make that clear. We're bringing in good players that definitely bring a lot of good things to us. If they have a name, that's just a plus."

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