Seninho helped the Cosmos win three Soccer Bowls.
Former Cosmos winger Seninho, a member of three North American Soccer League championship sides with the team, passed away on July 4.
He was 71.
Seninho died at the University Hospital Center of São João in Porto.
Born as Arsénio Rodrigues Jardim in Angola, on July 1, 1949, Seninho first made his reputation with FC Porto in his native Portugal, scoring 24 goals in 121 appearances from 1969-78. Known for his speed and skill, he played an important role in FC Porto’s elimination of Manchester United in the knockout round of the European Cup Winners Cup.
After The Portuguese team recorded a 4-0 win in the first leg, it dropped a 5-2 decision at Old Trafford in the second leg as Seninho scored both goals.
That got the attention of the Cosmos.
“They put a fabulous proposal in front of me,” Seninho told the Bergen Record in 2004. “Half a million dollars and a three-year contract. It was really a lot of money for that time and I accepted it immediately, but I also said that I had an employer that had the right to choose my pass and that I would have to speak to FC Porto first. I had some difficulties in leaving FC Porto, but the situation ended up resolving.”
Seninho joined the Cosmos in 1978, helping the team to Soccer Bowl triumphs in 1978, 1980 and 1982. He tallied 11 times in 58 appearances with the club.
He went to the Chicago Sting in 1984, helping that team to the 1983 NASL crown. He scored 14 goals in 47 matches during his two-year tenure with the club.
Seninho played four times for Portugal, scoring once.