OBETZ, Ohio — With two games in a short span, Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha was going to wait until after Thursday’s showdown at New York to decide if 37-year-old star forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto would be ready for Sunday’s game at Kansas City.
But the MLS Disciplinary Committee made Warzycha’s choice easy. The league is expected to announce on Tuesday afternoon that it has suspended Schelotto for one game because of an elbow to the face of Chivas USA defender Michael Umana during the Crew’s 1-0 win on Saturday.
“[Umana] fouled [me] every time,” Schelotto said at training on Tuesday.
Schelotto remains upset with Umana for several reasons. First, Umana was given a yellow card in the 15th minute for elbowing Schelotto in the back of the head. Schelotto and his teammates then thought Umana should have seen his second caution in the 25th minute for an intentional handball. Referee Jeff Gontarek stopped play but made no signal that there was a foul on Umana.
“The committee reviewed the elbow and whether it was or wasn’t,” Warzycha said. “The guy acted a little bit because it took him a little while before he fell looking at the linesman but a suspension is a suspension. That’s what the committee is for. They saw something. They had to react.”
Schelotto said it’s easy to isolate one play from a rough match and is upset that the Crew is not appealing the decision.
“I don’t know why Columbus Crew accept this rule because [Chivas] kick me all game and nobody from Columbus say something with the ref or with the league,” he said. “The team needs to answer to me. They need to talk with the league and say ‘No,’ because every game, every team can show one play in the game and [Chivas] go to MLS crying, complaining.”
Schelotto, who leads the club with four goals, will be eligible to face the Wizards on Sunday.