New York Cosmos sign Spanish standout Marcos Senna

06/13/2013 2:51 PM ET
By Michael Tanowitz

Spanish star Marcos Senna is headed to New York.(AP)
Former Spanish national team standout Marcos Senna has agreed to a deal with the New York Cosmos, who will begin play in the North American Soccer League this August.

The Brazilian-born Senna played in 28 caps with the Spanish national team from 2006-10 after earning his Spanish citizenship in 2006. He was part of the squad that hoisted the trophy in the 2008 UEFA European Championship, earning Team of the Tournament honors in the event, and he also played for Spain in the 2006 World Cup.

"This is a very special moment for me in joining the Cosmos because I face a new challenge, but at the same time it has been a difficult decision to leave Villarreal after 11 seasons," Senna said at his farewell press conference in Spain on Wednesday.

Professionally, Senna has spent the past 11 seasons playing with Spanish club Villarreal, making a franchise-record 363 appearances. The “Yellow Submarine” spent all but one season in La Liga, the top flight of Spanish football, during Senna’s tenure with the club, and he scored 25 goals in that time.

The 36-year-old midfielder, who is also known as an outstanding passer, will bring his extensive experience to the Cosmos pending a physical.

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