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Schelotto's Status

Have we seen the last of Argentine maestro Guillermo Barros Schelotto in Columbus?

In a meeting this week, the Crew told the 2008 MLS most valuable player that, in order to remain with the club, he would have to agree to a salary cut of more than 50 percent, the Insider has learned. The decision was apparently made by upper management.

I am awaiting comment from the Crew.

Schelotto, who is 36, has guided Columbus to consecutive Supporters' Shields and last year's MLS Cup. His base salary this season was $650,000 ($775,000 guaranteed), according to players' union records. In 2008, he earned $250,000 ($375,000).

Schelotto has expressed a desire to remain in MLS, but after receiving the Crew's latest offer of less than $300,000 in base salary for 2010, he will apparently weigh two offers from Argentina or asked to be traded to another MLS club. Negotiations with Columbus might continue, as well.

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Though Schelotto's contract expires next month, the Crew would retain his MLS rights under the collective bargaining agreement. Hence, an interested MLS club would have to trade for him. It's unclear, however, whether that rule would remain in effect if the league and players' union finalize a new CBA. (The current deal expires in January.)

Since his arrival in 2007, Schelotto has been one of the league's most productive players: 24 goals and 33 assists in 73 league appearances, plus two goals and six assists in five playoff matches. He had 12 regular season goals this season, matching his total for the previous two years combined, but was slowed by injuries.

After being benched for apparent tactical reasons in the first leg of the Crew's first-round playoff series with Real Salt Lake -- a decision by Coach Robert Warzycha that initially didn't sit well with Schelotto -- he responded with two goals in a 3-2 season-ending loss.

By Steve Goff  |  November 17, 2009; 3:28 PM ET
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Interesting way to treat this man who has done so much for the franchise. Guess he is gone. Not sure that anyone wants to give up enough to pry him loose at his age and trend towards more injuries and less playing time.
In a way it shows me this league is maturing and the teams are making the tough decisions that allow them to move forward.
Wonder what moves we can expect from DCU in this fashion.......Moreno, Olsen, et al.....

Posted by: marksman37 | November 17, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Interesting way to treat Schellotto? You don't pay a guy for what he did for you in the past, you pay him for what can do for you now *and* for what he has real potential to do for you in the future. Columbus did the right thing.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 17, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Heck, I'd take him for a year while looking to fill the AM role on a long term basis.

Posted by: JkR- | November 17, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The writing has been on the wall for a while. At least GBS got to thank his fans after the last playoff match.

Posted by: sitruc | November 17, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I'd take GBS over Emilio or Gomez in a heartbeat.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | November 17, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Agree that you pay players for what they can do for you now and in the future, but for the long term good of the club, you also want to ease them out in a respectful manner. You get a rep for using and abusing players and it gets real hard attracting talent. Remember, in this league salaries are pretty much equal no matter where you go, so a good locker room environment and attractive location are big factors in where players will go.

And no matter the business rationale, this is still a sh*t way to treat someone who "has put people in the seats and trophies on the shelf."

Guillermo has been badly done by the ingrates in Columbus!

Posted by: Ruthie1 | November 17, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Interesting way to treat Schellotto? You don't pay a guy for what he did for you in the past, you pay him for what can do for you now *and* for what he has real potential to do for you in the future. Columbus did the right thing.

Posted by: Ron16

Very reminiscent of the decision that DCU had to make with Gomez (the first time around).

Posted by: Reignking | November 17, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

At first I was in shock when I read this. But it really makes sense. He's not worth DP money anymore. At least, if you were running the team, you wouldn't bet on it. That's the thing about a league with a cap and non-guaranteed contracts...teams have to make ruthless decisions or else they can't compete.

Posted by: carolinadave616 | November 17, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

@Ron16
I absolutely agree that you should pay someone for what they can do and not based on past history. But as shown in their last playoff game, he is still doing it for them.

It's true he's doing nothing but getting older, but until he is showing signs that his age is impacting his play then who cares how old he is.

I don't know if he is worth DP money (gut says yes), but to "thank" the player that anchored the team for their best two seasons ever by cutting his salary in half doesn't seem like the "right thing" to me.

Now cutting the salaries in half or off loading some of DC's "talent" that didn't really do jack for us on a consistent basis, that would be the "right thing" in my mind.

Posted by: iamgnat | November 17, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Casey wants out of Colorado; swap the two.

Posted by: hacksaw | November 17, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Warzycha did a good job this year, but benching Schelotto at that exact point in the season was not the smartest move in the history of soccer. You could even say that it was closer to the opposite end of the spectrum from smartest. What a shame. Schelotto is a class act that has brought nothing but success to that franchise. If they do not appreciate his contribution, do they really deserve him on their roster?

Posted by: mddeblois | November 17, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing we're going to be hearing the same refrain from the front office at DCU re: Emilio, Moreno and probably Gomez. We shouldn't slam the Crew FO too much, just yet:-)

Posted by: DrBeaker | November 17, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Off the top of my head I would say that benching Schelotto is up there with Greg Ryan benching Hope Solo. Brain dead.

Posted by: GeneWells | November 17, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

It sure seems like he's not wanted in Columbus. He could be a good fit in Philly. He and Novak are similar players. Could be a good starting point for the Union.

Posted by: timmy6 | November 17, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Connor Casey and Steve Lenhart on the same team? Yikes.
That'd kinda be like crossing this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J94-_w9ARX0
with this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEh4P56VsQE

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

timmy6:

Nowak and Schelotto are similar players in position only. How they go about their business is a stark contrast.

That said, I don't think anyone in Philly would mind seeing Schelotto suiting up on their side.

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The idea that you pay a player for what they offer you in the present and future is sound, but Schelotto managed to score 12 goals this year despite missing a large chunk of time. Columbus is still very obviously a significantly worse team when Schelotto sits. When they play him, they're a team that stands out from the MLS pack; without him, they're basically just a good version of an MLS starter kit: somewhat conservative, very physical, with high energy players manning the flanks. There's nothing special about that.

He does, however, have come with a red flag. That hamstring injury he picked up took forever to go away. You have to imagine that the likelihood of such an injury happening again will go up as he gets older, and an MLS team under the current cap can't afford to leave that kind of money in the training room.

The question to me is how much of a pay cut is needed. I feel like they could have kept him in the DP range, but still saved a big chunk of change. Now, however, he's going to feel unwanted, and all the sudden "considering" actually means really considering rather than just having offers.

I hope that DC can take advantage of this news. The East is losing players that will be very hard to replace (Rolfe, Blanco, possibly Schelotto). At this point at least, the conference looks wide open.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | November 17, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

What the hey? Toronto to play in the Silverdome? Sumpin' ain't right . .

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- An unidentified Canadian real estate company was the winning bidder for the Silverdome, snatching it up for a mere fraction of its original value.

An Unidentified Toronto-based real estate company buys Pontiac stadium for $583,000 a fraction of the $55.7 million it cost to build.

The winning Canadian bidders plan to turn the Silverdome into a soccer-dome.

A Toronto-based family-owned company bid $583,000 for the under-used stadium on Monday, which is currently owned by the City of Pontiac, Mich., according to auctioneer Williams & Williams.

The company plans to refurbish the Silverdome into a stadium for men's Major League Soccer and women's professional soccer teams, said the auctioneer.

Posted by: delantero | November 17, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

What does TFC have to do with that story? Did you not read it correctly?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | November 17, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

We are paying Moreno and Olsen largely for what they did for us in the past. Only if we cut their pay significantly for next year would we be paying them for what we expect their contribution to be in the future.

Posted by: b18bolo | November 17, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Schelotto is a class act that has brought nothing but success to that franchise. If they do not appreciate his contribution, do they really deserve him on their roster?

Posted by: mddeblois

I agree. Indeed, I was wary of Schelotto's arrival because for many years while he was with Boca, he showed first-class ability but he was a first-class whiner as well, and often had to be taken out of the game because his whining prevailed over his talent. With Columbus, though, he had the fire in his belly for every game I saw him play.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | November 17, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

What does TFC have to do with that story? Did you not read it correctly?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | November 17, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I think it just speculation on why a group from Toronto would buy the place and turn into a soccer stadium.

Jeez...for that price ($583K), all the rec leagues in the Detroit area should have all pooled resources and bought it. Year-round soccer in one of America's coldest cities!

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | November 17, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

What does TFC have to do with that story? Did you not read it correctly? Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey . . .

Twas a question. I kin reed juss fine.

Oh, so the Detroit MLS team is going to play there? Hmm. Toronto, right across a lake from Detroit. Hmmm.

Posted by: delantero | November 17, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

374 km to be exact, about a 4 hour drive a few years ago now with customs it is probably going to take 5 to 10. Buffalo and Toronto are fairly close not Detroit and Toronto. The Buffalo Bills will be playing a home game in Toronto next year I believe.

Posted by: csd1 | November 17, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

1. True, you pay players for what they've done lately. What GBS has done "lately" is to be possibly the best player in MLS the past two seasons. In his last match he was an offensive force. That's what he's "done lately" for Columbus. Now he's 36. He probably requires more rest. But he's the best A-mid in MLS and that includes Beckham (who plays centrally) and Ljundberg.

2. Really dumb move by Columbus. And this shows that Wryzacha may be the equivalent of a Soehn--capable of riding on a succeeding coach's coattails for about a year before the wheels start to come off the wagon.

3. There is also something about treating a player right. GBS in his first year played for a pittance. And b/c of a contractual detail, got hosed by the Crew. Did he pout or holdout? Nah, he played with heart and a vengence. As far as I'm concerned, Columbus still owes him for his first year there. I'm mean, we're not talking about someone like Ruiz who was coming from a small league, unproven. GBS was an outstanding pro from one of the top teams and top leagues in the world with a great record in big games and a huge fan favorite. Except for injuries, you'd have a very hard time finding anything to argue about him in terms of not providing value.

4. Last of all, at his current salary level, he's still a great value.

Posted by: JoeW1 | November 17, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

An incredible player than anything we have on our squad right now.... I say DC is dumb if they dont try to get him for a 1 year contract!

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | November 17, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I thought Jaime had taken a pay cut before the 2008 season and signed a two year deal.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Toronto and Pontiac are not separated by a lake and they are over 200 miles apart. Maybe the Toronto ownership group is just looking to set up a HUGE indoor grow to finance a larger stadium in Toronto proper?

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Surprising move. Yes, you pay on potential, but I see nothing to indicate he waon't be a strong performer in the future.

Get rid of Luciano Emilio, and bring in Schelotto in to DCU.

Posted by: marcool | November 17, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Schelotto is good but fading fast. You have to figure the "fading" in with the money.$300k is nore than enough for a clearly fading, slow-healing former star.
DCU does not need Schelotto. DCU needs players whose best days are in front of them, not behind them. We already tried that with Gomez and that flopped like a souffle in an earthquake.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 17, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

If Schelotto came to DC, he'd immediately injure his hamstring, fly to Germany for surgery, spend 8 weeks in rehab, return to the field, and suffer a hernia.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 17, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The Silverdome thing makes NO sense to me. Just random, I, for now, will not think anything of it.


In the meantime, an potential (I may go so far as to say "probable") "leak" of next years USA white home kit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqPYKmbFGws&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 17, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

The Blue jerseys will have a white sash and the red third jerseys (Dadryan didn't even read this comment, but recognized the term) a blue one.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 17, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

re: "We are paying Moreno and Olsen largely for what they did for us in the past. Only if we cut their pay significantly for next year would we be paying them for what we expect their contribution to be in the future.

Posted by: b18bolo "

And look where keeping Moreno and Olsen (and Emilio, and Gomez, and Quaranta, and etc etc etc) got us -- the cellar. Ben Olsen should not have had his pay cut, he should have been cut, period. And Moreno was paid an awful lot for being a 45-minute player.

DC United's root problem is it is too prone to backward-looking navel-gazing, if I may mix a metaphor. We stuck too long with players from the past whose decline in skills was only exceeded by their decline in pace. DC United this past season was old, hobbled, and slow. We couldn't handle SAN JOSE, for Pete' sake.

The LAST thing DCU needs is a 37-year old Schelotto.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 17, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

A pay cut is working fine for another aging Argenitian in KC. I concur with their logic.

So are they just supposed to pay him a lot of money until he dies from old age on the pitch so they don't offend him.

Posted by: csd1 | November 17, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

In seven games down the stretch with him in the midfield they managed 5 goals. He looked tired and not able to play a productive 90. He enjoyed his time in Columbus and they are still offering him a good bit of money to stay around. He is a professional athlete and he knows how the business works.

Posted by: csd1 | November 17, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Schelotto at 36 still has the skills that can bring success to any MLS team and he has no peers when it comes to a football brain on the pitch. A Schelotto/Angel (NYRB) combination would be successful in 2010. Quality playmakers in the MLS are at a premium.

Posted by: juke2 | November 17, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Dude thanks for posting that video Jacob. I didn't realize the internets were burning up with hot jersey action. I don't know if I'm convinced with the guy in the video talking about nikesoccer.net at the end. Did I hear that right? Not familiar with there being such a URL?

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

See, I wouldn't think too much of it, but the swooshes in the apparell look authentic, and that's definitely the Don't Tread logo, and then the kind-of clincher for me is the first picture is definitely Clint Dempsey.

Anyway, enjoy away jersey afficianados.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 17, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Why is Clint in #10 though? I do believe those could be it, but something still seems strange to me. Could be nothing. Only blurry stills of an actual USMNT player, and he's wearing the wrong number!? ;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

If you think Ben should be cut, I'm glad you have absolutely no say in the makeup of United. He's the only player on the team that plays with heart every minute of every match.

Posted by: alecw81 | November 18, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Why is Clint in #10 though? I do believe those could be it, but something still seems strange to me. Could be nothing. Only blurry stills of an actual USMNT player, and he's wearing the wrong number!? ;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2009 11:39 PM
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Maybe it's 10 to kinda play off the 2010 or '10 year of the WC and debut of these fancy new jersey's

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 18, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Why is Ben Olsen a deity? I think all this stuff about playing with passion is a cover for him being slow and old. I see him pass the ball sideways and then take a rest just like the other players.

Posted by: GeneWells | November 18, 2009 6:14 AM | Report abuse

Looks to me like a straight cash proposition in Columbus. Columbus is not selling out the stadium despite winning, and GBS costs a lot. Given the team talent, they can compete without him, though winning without him might prove difficult. Getting rid of his cost, they hope to bring in a younger DP talent that can keep them competing for championships.

It is a lesson DCU should have learned last year. We could have been competitive with a fixed starting lineup without Emilio, Gomez, Olsen, and Jaime. We didn't win with them. It is time to evaluate what we really have and move to fill what we really need. The goal is to build a team than can compete for championships, not just compete, every year.

Posted by: rcdwriting | November 18, 2009 6:16 AM | Report abuse

@GeneWells, spot on.

No one denies that Ben Olsen's heart bleeds for the DC United shirt. That is laudable, and more players need that fire.

But the problem is all the heart in the world is WORTHLESS if you don't have the legs. Sadly the injuries and age took their toll and Ben had no legs (feet mainly) to play the game anymore.

This past season Ben Olsen was, by far, the slowest player on the slowest team (again by far) in the league. Not that he never did anything right, but most of the time it was painful and embarassing to watch him try to play.

DC United does not need cheerleaders and has-been hangers-on on its roster. It needs PLAYERS who are skilled, young, and fast.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 18, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

I do not want an expensive 36 year old on the DCU squad.

Posted by: Wiggan | November 18, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

I do not even want a cheap 36 year old on the DCU squad.

Posted by: wmsiii | November 18, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Jesus, leave Benny alone already. Give me some griping and pointless speculating about Fred, Emilio, and the Christian Gomez everyone cried for a year to have back for what? The money that those guys do more damage to United's cap room than Ben.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 18, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Ron16 wrote:
>>>>
Interesting way to treat Schellotto? You don't pay a guy for what he did for you in the past, you pay him for what can do for you now *and* for what he has real potential to do for you in the future."

Not sure how closely or how long you've been following pro sports but you are always paid for what you "did". Unless you are a cheapskate organization which it appears Columbus is becoming. Thats just the way it works. No one can predict the future so your salary is negotiated on what you have previously done.

Posted by: dccavalier | November 18, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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