- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 3, 2008
- 2 Comments
- Designated Player, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Player Resignings
Probably the best news that I saw while I was out came down yesterday. The Columbus Crew took one step towards a possible repeat as MLS Cup Champions by re-signing league and Cup MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto to a new contract, making him the first Designated Player in team history.
“Securing Guille’s return was one of our top priorities entering the offseason and we are pleased to get that accomplished,” Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers said in a team-released statement. “It goes without saying that he was one of the keys to our championship season and, on top of that, he helps attract international attention to both the club and our region. We look forward to his continued dynamic contributions next season.”
Details of the contract were not disclosed.
This obviously would be a huge step towards that repeat but getting guys like Chad Marshall back in the fold for next year would be even better for the Crew. Schelotto was the engine that kept the club going all year long.
More than likely Marshall won’t return to Columbus or MLS next year and that will mean Columbus will have to look elsewhere for a replacement. Don’t be shocked to see them also go after another striker this offseason to help compliment Schelotto and guys like Robbie Rogers or Aljeandro Moreno.
What do you make of GBS returning to the Crew next year?