What Could Have Been: Cosmos’ Senna was courted by Seattle Sounders

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It is difficult to imagine Marcos Senna performing for any other club in North America but the New York Cosmos. However, shortly after the team’s 2013 Soccer Bowl victory, the 37-year-old midfielder had MLS knocking on his door.

More specifically, the Seattle Sounders.

Senna scored an unforgettable volley to put the Cosmos past the Atlanta Silverbacks during the 2013 Soccer Bowl. It was a storybook ending to the long awaited revival of one of American soccer’s most storied franchises.

At the helm of that team was Marcos Senna. Even at the age of 37, Senna managed to lead the Cosmos towards a championship on the back of his team-leading five-goal Fall campaign.

That performance was enough to pique the interest of the Sounders.

“There was an MLS representative that once asked me if I would like to go [to Seattle],” Senna told EoS. “That was right after the Soccer Bowl championship in 2013. I told him ‘I am not moving from here. I don’t even want to hear about it.’ And that is how it turned out. I stayed on for the next two years.”

The interest came in a time of flux for Seattle. The Sounders were just moving on from the services of entrenched club contributor Mauro Rosales and chance-signing Shalrie Joseph.

In need of a veteran presence in their midfield, Senna looked an obvious choice. But by the time Seattle made contact, Senna was already bought into the Cosmos — and no amount of money was going to pry him away. “People always asked me ‘don’t you want to go to MLS?’ I would say no,” Senna explained. “I am so happy here. The Cosmos supported me here. It never made sense for me to leave. I was happy with the Cosmos.”

That loyalty remains with Senna, even in retirement.

“I would like to always be able to come back here,” he explained. “For me, the Cosmos are a tattoo that will forever be in my heart.”

  • The Real insider

    Good for him to stick to his principles and finished out with the Cosmos, it is a shame he had to finish his career in the minor leagues.

    • Eyeroll

      Omg fuuuuuuuuck off

    • Nycsportspunk

      We sign champions, we win championships, nothing else matters.

  • Jordy

    Let’s be honest. Translation,

    “Would you be interested in playing for Seattle (for less than half you’re making now) in MLS?”

    “No (unless you double what I make).”

    • Resguard

      I really don’t think that was much of the case, to be honest he got settled in NY, picking up and moving your family isn’t something that simple, and he had his plan he knew he was going to retire. To be honest they literally would have had to double his pay to get him to move.

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