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Guillermo Barros Schelotto
Guillermo Barros Schelotto
La Plata, Buenos Aires
MLS Career Highlights: Possibly the most decorated player in Crew history, he had appeared in 73 games, with 67 starts, entering this season… Totaled 24 goals and 33 assists in that time… Was named the 2008 MLS Most Valuable Player, MLS Cup 2008 MVP and to the 2008 MLS Best XI team... Was also a 2007 MLS Best XI selection... Selected as SI Latino Sportsman of the Year for 2008... Holds the Crew record for most assists in a single season, with 19, (2008), which is also tied for the second highest total in a season in league history... He is tied with current head coach Robert Warzycha for most corner kicks in a single season (126 in 2008), John Wilmar Perez for most game-winning assists in a season (5 in 2008) and Ross Paule for most penalty kick goals in a season (4 in 2008)... Has been named the MLS Player of the Month three times (July 2007, Aug. 2008, June 2009) and has been selected as MLS Player of the Week eight times (7/23/07, 10/16/07, 4/14/08, 7/22/08, 8/25/08, 9/8/08, 11/17/08, 6/15/09)... Was named to the MLS All-Star First XI in 2009 and the MLS All-Star Game inactive roster in both 2007 and 2008... Was named the Crew's Most Valuable Player following both the 2007 and 2008 seasons... Was signed by the Crew on 4/19/07 from legendary Argentine club Boca Juniors, where he spent 11 years and was one of its most beloved idols... Regarded as one of the most significant signings in Crew history and among the most significant in the league in 2007... He is cheered and serenaded by Boca fans in every stadium the Crew visits...
MLS Career Playoff Highlights: Had started all five postseason matches in which he appeared entering this season... Had two goals and six assists in that time… Had six assists in the Crew's run to MLS Cup title in 2008, setting a new Crew record for most assists in a single postseason... Named the 2008 MLS Cup Most Valuable Player after his three-assist performance set a new MLS record for most assists in a MLS Cup final... Named the MLS Cup Playoffs Player of the Week on 11/17/08...
CONCACAF Champions League Career Highlights: Started in five matches... Had two yellow cards.
2009 MLS Season: Appeared in 24 matches, with 21 starts... Had twelve goals and three assists… Had four yellow cards… Had three game-winning goals... Had one game-winning assist... Converted three penalty kicks in four attempts... Earned the Crew Budweiser Golden Boot award as the team’s leading scorer and named co-winner of the Crew Fans’ Choice award at the end of the season... Named to MLS All-Star First XI squad on... Named MLS Player of the Month for June... Selected as MLS Player of the Week for Week 13... Had two goals on 6/6 at K.C, 6/14 vs. CHV and 9/20 at CHI... Missed matches on 7/18, 7/25, 8/1 and 8/8 with L hamstring strain… 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs: Started one match… Had two goals vs. RSL on 11/5… 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League: Started in five matches... Had two yellow cards.
2008 MLS Season: Started all 27 games in which he appeared, tallying seven goals and a league-best 19 assists... Named the 2008 MLS Most Valuable Player and selected to 2008 MLS Best XI squad... Was named SI Latino Sportsman of the Year... Had seven two-assist games (4/12 vs. Chivas, 7/5 vs. Chicago, 7/17 vs. K.C., 8/16 vs. Dallas, 8/23 vs. RSL, 8/30 at Dallas, 9/6 vs. N.E.)... Shattered the club record for assists in a single season (John Wilmar Perez, 15)... Also tied current head coach Robert Warzycha for most corner kicks in a single season (126), Perez for most game-winning assists in a season (5) and Ross Paule for most penalty kick goals in a season (4)... Led MLS in corner kicks taken with 126... Earned MLS Player of the Week honors for Weeks 3, 17, 22 and 24... Had one game-winning goal (9/6 vs. N.E.) and five game-winning assists (5/10 at S.J., 6/14 at K.C., 8/16 vs. Dallas, 8/23 vs. RSL, 8/30 at Dallas)... Recorded his 25th career MLS assist on 8/23... Named to MLS All-Star Inactive Roster on 7/17... Was forced to miss three games late in the season (9/13-9/27) with a hamstring strain... Following the season, was named the Crew’s MVP and was the recipient of the Fan’s Choice Award... 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs: Started all four MLS Cup Playoff matches in run to MLS Cup title... Named the 2008 MLS Cup MVP... Set a new league record for assists in a MLS Cup final with three... Named the MLS Cup Playoffs Player of the Week on 11/17... Had six assists (11/8, 11/13-2, 11/23-3)... Had two game-winning assists (11/13, 11/23).
2007 MLS Season: Appeared in 22 games, with 19 starts, in his first MLS season... Had five goals (6/16 at N.E., 7/7 vs. RSL, 7/22 vs. Toronto-2, 10/13 at N.E.) and 11 assists, including a two-assist game 10/20 at D.C. ... Other assists were 5/12, 6/3, 6/10, 6/16, 6/20, 6/23, 7/14, 8/11, 8/25... Finished the season ranked fourth in the league in assists... Put together the league's longest streak of consecutive games with an assist (tied with Christian Gomez of D.C.), with five from 6/3-6/23... Following the season, was honored as the Crew's MVP, Newcomer of the Year and Fan's Choice Award winner and was a MLS Best XI selection... Was named MLS Player of the Month for July on 8/2 and MLS Player of the Week on 7/23 and 10/16... Was named to MLS All-Star Game inactive roster on 7/18... Scored his first goal as a member of the Crew on 6/16 at N.E... Made Crew home debut on 5/12 vs. Chivas USA, recording the game-tying assist... Made his MLS debut on 5/5 at Kansas City, coming on as a sub in the 65th minute... Finished second in the league in fouls suffered, to teammate Alejandro Moreno, with 65... Was forced to miss three games late in the season (9/15-9/30) with a hamstring strain suffered on 9/2 vs. Chicago that forced him out of that game in the 10th minute.
Other Pro Highlights: Played profes¬sionally in Argentina’s top flight for 16 years, with Boca Juniors and Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata... Scored 106 goals in 391 games (all competitions)... Holds the Boca Juniors record of 16 championships and the Argentine record for the most club titles ever won, with 17...
1997-2007: Appeared in 210 games in all competitions (156 in league play) for legendary Argentinian club Boca Juniors and scored 61 goals... Made his Boca debut on 9/14/97, in 2-1 win over Newell’s, and became a beloved figure at the club... Scored 10 goals in 1998-99 and reached double figures again the next year (1999-2000), with 11... He was also Boca’s top scorer in international matches with 21 goals... Was a member of the following championship teams at Boca: Apertura (1998, 2000, 2003, 2005), Clausura (1999, 2006), Copa Libertadores (2000, 2001, 2003, 2007), Intercontinental Cup (2000, 2003), Copa Sudamericana (2004, 2005) and Recopa Sudamericana (2005, 2006)...
1991-97: Started playing professionally in 1991 with his hometown club, Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata... Made his debut on 10/6/91 vs. Independiente... Scored 45 goals in 181 matches with the team... Scored his first professional goal on 3/15/92 against River Plate... Scored a career-high 14 goals in 1996-97... Was a member of the 1993 AFA Centenario Cup-winning squad.
Argentina National Team: Earned eight caps with Argentina’s senior national team between 2/3/99 and 10/13/99... Under-23: Was a member of Argentina’s Gold Medal-winning team at the 1995 Pan American Games.
Personal: He and his wife, Matilde, have three young sons, Maximo, Nicolas, and Santiago... His father is a doctor... Has a twin brother, Gustavo, and his nickname is “El Mellizo,” or “the twin”... Was a team¬mate of Gustavo’s at Gimnasia and also briefly at Boca... Gustavo once played in the USL First Division for Puerto Rico... His biography, “Guillermo, el terrible. Historia de un ídolo” (“Guillermo the Menace. His¬tory of an Idol”), written by Pablo Vicente and Sergio Maffei, was published in May 2006. It features a prologue by César Luis Menotti, head coach of Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning team, and comments by such soccer luminaries as Diego Maradona, Carlos Bianchi and Daniel Passarella.