There is no one else who can control the ball as well as Marcos Senna, and he put that on display in the Cosmos 1-0 win over Minnesota United FC on Monday at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.
Senna's game winning goal came in the 61st minute of scoreless game off a corner kick. The Spanish international knocked the ball down with his foot and then blasted a shot from 20 yards out that curved into the net.
"It's not exactly the first time I've scored a goal like that," Senna said through a translator about his goal. "But it was good to score again and support my team."
The goal was the Cosmos first since Sebastian Guenzatti scored in the 37th minute against Edmonton and it ended a 294 minute goalless streak.
"Even though we haven't been scoring many goals we still had a lot of opportunities," Jemal Johnson said after the game. "It's something that we've had to work on and we have been working on in training this week. We've just had to keep the same attitude that we've always had and be confident in the game that we play.
"It's great for us to get a goal tonight and thankfully Marcos Senna pulled us out of it again."
The Cosmos created chances as they have in previous games and lead 13-4 in shots through the 90 minute contest. Six of those 13 shots were on goal. The Cosmos also controlled possession, holding a 53 percent to 47 percent advantage and 7-2 advantage in shots.
The win was also a huge boost for the Cosmos to keep their Spring Championship hopes alive. New York moved within three points of the first place Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Minnesota United.
"We were aware that this goal was fundamental for us to still be able to strive towards the title for the spring," Senna said.
The Cosmos did suffer a small setback in the win. Diomar Diaz left the match in the 79th minute with a hamstring injury, according head coach Giovanni Savarese. Diaz will be evaluated on Tuesday and the Cosmos will then make a decision, but Savarese said "it doesn't look very good."