- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 16, 2007
- 2 Comments
According to SI.com Boca Junior star Guillermo Barros Schelotto has signed with Columbus. The announcement will come tomorrow in a press conference. The deal is set for one year, but the money details have not been released. No word on if its going to be a designated player or not officially.
This is great news for the Crew. They were in great need of offense and Schelotto may be a bit old, he still has some magic that will make some heads turn.
Again, for those who don’t know of Schelotto, his impressive legacy at Boca Juniors speaks for itself. He has won 17 titles, the most of any player in the history of Argentine professional soccer. That includes six league championships, three Copa Libertadores crowns, two Intercontinental Cups and two Copa Sudamericana trophies. During his 10 years at Boca, he scored 87 goals in 303 matches and helped transform the team into one of the leading clubs in the world.
The glamor and glitz may not be like LA signing David Beckham, but this is surely a deal the MLS can smile at. He has turned down many deals over the years to leave Boca until now. That should speak for the level of play that the league is at these days.
Its a gamble for both parties. Columbus get a proven player that comes with some serious mileage. Schelotto gets a team that is in a small market, that is coming off the league’s worst season in 2006. I like the deal though, its one that should help the Crew out and possibly get them into the playoffs.