- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 25, 2008
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- Goal of the Week, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, John Thorrington, Player of the Week, Week 22, Weekly Awards
What more can you say about Columbus’s Guillermo Barros Schelotto right now? Two weeks in a row with goals and assists to lead the Crew to a victory. There was really no question in my mind who had the best week in week 22 here.
GBS’s goal and two assists were clearly better than anyone’s lone goal or two goals in the case of Houston’s Kei Kamera (his two against Chivas in the midweek).
Has GBS put himself into the center of the MVP spotlight this year? Absolutely. His five goals and league leading 14 assists had lead the Crew to the top of the MLS table (currently tied with New England for that top spot). It seems as though GBS is turning it on late here as the Crew push for a playoff spot and a Supporter’s Shield trophy.
I think there is a very short list of MVPs out there and GBS is easily topping mine (more on that later). You take GBS out of this Columbus lineup and this isn’t a guarantee playoff club.
Sure there may have been some solid performances this week out of some guys. You had gritty game-tying goal by Jimmy Conrad or some solid performances by Juan Pablo Angel in New York or Taylor Twellman beginning to tear things up. But again it came down to what GBS did on the field against what was suppose to be a solid defense from RSL. He made it look easy as he put in two more assists. Oh yeah and his league leading 14 assists is six better than the other three that are tied for second.
Goal of the week was another fun one. You had a 40-yard bomb by Dallas’s Andre Rocha; a turn-and-shoot goal out of Toronto’s Chad Barrett; or any one of New York’s three goals against Houston. Then you have Joe Vide’s one timer or Santino Quartana’s blast.
Tough decisions but I had to go back to Thursday night’s lone goal out of Galaxy-killer John Thorrington. A beautiful give-and-go as Thorrington bends a nice shot by LA’s Steve Cronin.