Cosmos’ Marcos Senna still questionable for Red Bulls U.S. Open Cup encounter


Much has been made of the New York Red Bulls depleted roster ahead of this weekend’s U.S. Open Cup match, but it’s the Cosmos who may have the biggest absence of all.

Midfielder Marcos Senna is listed ‘day-to-day’ by the club in this, his third week of recovery from a groin strain picked up against Indy Eleven. He is expected to meet team doctors Tuesday to determine his treatment and availability moving forward.

“I am getting better,” Senna tells EOS. “The idea would be to get training as soon as possible to be available for Saturday.”

While Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill are surely huge losses for the Red Bulls, the team has been able to compensate for their absence in the past. Even Jamison Olave and Dax McCarty, who will also be out of the game, have been replaced successfully in stretches by the club.

Assuming the Cosmos would be able to do the same is foolhardy. While successful and competitive, the NASL side does not have the depth of the Red Bulls roster. The talent pool certainly falls a bit shallow past the starting XI. While Henry and Cahill can be replaced by talented veterans like Peguy Luyindula and Ibrahim Sekagya, and Olave and McCarty can make way for recent U.S. Men’s National Team contender Eric Alexander and U-20 centerback Matt Miazga, the Cosmos look at a far thinner bench consisting of local New York products and low-level MLS talent.

Moreover, Senna’s leadership and performances have been central to the club’s success. When in doubt, New York’s Green and White lean on the 37-year-old Villarreal legend to guide them towards victory. He is simultaneously the club’s distributive number ten and stalwart defensive midfielder rolled into one. More than half of his goals have been of the game-winning variety. His wonder strike in last year’s Soccer Bowl even earned them the NASL title.

In short, Senna is the Red Bulls’ Cahill, consistently putting team ahead of self — especially for the big games.

He is also the lone international star player on the club.

Senna is hopeful to play for Saturday’s historic U.S. Open Cup clash. The Brazilian born midfielder has been busy rehabbing his strained abductor three times a day since the injury.

The Spanish international would not speculate on his potential availability, but teammate Ayoze minced no words about his desire for Senna’s return.

“For us, he is someone essential — both on and off the pitch,” he notes. “What he wants to do most is help out and play. He is feeling better everyday and we hope we can see him with us soon.

“He undergoing therapy, working hard … It’s not easy to come back from that [injury], but he has all the hope in the world that he will be there for the Red Bulls match.”

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