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Sonny, Cher and Schelotto

Columbus Crew star Guillermo Barros Schelotto was formally presented the MLS most valuable player award this afternoon in the Hyatt Regency Century City's Westside Room -- the spot where the "Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" was filmed in the early 1970s. (The Commish Don Garber will address the media in the same location on Friday -- your snarky comments are always welcome here at the Insider.)

I am awaiting clarification on the voting percentages, which I posted earlier but do not make sense. Apologies.

As I told you earlier, the Crew holds the option on Schelotto's contract, which GM Mark McCullers confirmed to me is in the $650,000 range. "That sounds about right," McCullers said. Schelotto, who will turn 36 early next season, had a base salary of $250,000 this year but was guaranteed $375,000.

Is the Crew ready to make the commitment for a designated player next season?

"That is something we are going to talk to ownership about this week," McCullers said. "I don't think anyone questions the value of Schelotto. The question is the impact on our team with the DP salary implications and what we would have to do to accommodate a DP on our roster. It's obviously a very important factor for us. We have got a lot of good young players and we don't want to compromise the overall integrity of the team. So we've got a couple scenarios that we are looking at and see what our options are. I wouldn't say that if we don't exercise the option that we won't sign him anyway [by re-working the deal.] He genuinely wants to be here next year and we genuinely want him here next year. We have explained the implications of the decisions we make going forward and that we want to try to work it out with him. I am extremely hopeful that he will be back. We will have to make those decisions and set a course in the next couple weeks for how we are going to get him re-signed."

Said Schelotto: "After the final, we will sit down and talk."

He said he would like to play one or two more years and, speaking about being with the Crew, "I like the city, I like the country, I like the stadium." He then paused and smiled before saying, "And I like the media."

Asked about the contract, "I don't know the decision of the league and my future. It's all about speaking."

Stay tuned.....

By Steve Goff  |  November 20, 2008; 6:28 PM ET
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Schelotto is THE guy who got the Crew over the hump. He's definitely worth more than what he's getting paid this year, and how much is going to change in 5 months? They'd be idiots not to figure out a way to keep him.

Posted by: Kenobi | November 20, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Dude Man Goff! Are these quotes from a press conference?
Maybe I'm just high as heck, but I could literally see Guillermo's crazy bottom tooth contraption as I read those words about the media. Totally Nutts Steve!
It's great to have you back in the mix where the game is at.
I wonder if any other United fans are as hard up for some SI coverage of the cup regardless of how much they dislike Columbus and the RBs.
Thanks Brah!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 20, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Making Schelotto a DP won't be a big hit on the salary cap -- as it's not a big step up from his $375k to the DP limit. Teams need to make use of that DP. If the Crew aren't going to use the slot on someone else, they might as well reward him. It's a drop in the bucket compared to what MLS expansion franchises are chipping in. It seems like a no-brainer, unless they're trying to find a way sign him and a DP.

Posted by: fischy | November 20, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

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