The New York Cosmos will travel out to Philadelphia Monday morning in preparation for their Tuesday U.S. Open Cup match against the Union.
One player who will not make the trip is Marcos Senna.
The Spanish legend and team talisman is still hampered by a hamstring strain that took him out of their May 25th match against Indy Eleven. While he has been rehabbing the injury on a daily basis since then, his condition is still not at a point where team doctors could approve the continuation of in-game action.
Instead of traveling out to Philadelphia with his teammates, Senna is set to take a one week vacation to Spain. It is a rare case where the former Spanish international has not followed his side through league or tournament competition. Despite being unable to play, Senna was present at both the Brooklyn Italian and New York Red Bull matches in the third and fourth round, respectively.
His presence will be missed. While the Cosmos certainly made up for his loss in a 3-0 thrashing of the Red Bulls, repeating that performance against a healthy and hungry Philadelphia Union will be a tough ask for the defending Soccer Bowl champions.