Senna warns Cosmos shouldn’t rely on last-minute heroics


While New York Cosmos fans may be loving the team’s tendency to find an extra-time winner through their first two home matches of the season, not everyone is happy with the trend.

Team leader and world-soccer veteran Marcos Senna isn’t complaining about the results. Instead, he wants to see the team put in a dominant 90 minute performance instead of relying on a moment of brilliance to save the day.

“Really, we don’t want to suffer like that,” Senna told reporters after the match. “I think once again, the game was much like the first. We managed to score late in the game. Still, we have to learn from our errors; try to kill games well before hand. But fortunately, we got the final goal and three points.”

Much like Head Coach Giovanni Savarese remarked, Senna believes the match, while identical in result and circumstance, was vastly different from the home opener. Yes, the team managed to out-possess and out-create the opposition in the final third, but the Cosmos’ inability to put the game away even with a man advantage speaks as loudly as the comeback itself.

“I think winning 1-0 with a player in hand, we can’t let the other team score and then suffer in the end like we did,” Senna remarked. “We were sweating. As time went by, the players were anxious on the ball.

“Today, we have to learn from this match because we have to try to kill off matches earlier so this doesn’t happen again.”