Schelotto Cementing Crew Legend Status
It’s becoming clearer and clearer that Guille loves Columbus and is probably sticking around town for the foreseeable future. He has a chance to become a legendary player for the Crew as he winds down his career and beyond.
First, the Dispatch reported he is getting his green card for permanent residency. Certainly it raises an eyebrow. He can seek a P-1 work visa if he just wishes to play for another season and then head off to Argentina and retire. A green card is for someone looking to stay in the United States for an extended period of time. It could even be a path to citizenship.
If Schelotto’s green card application signals he wants to live in America; his emailed comments to Shawn Mitchell of the Dispatch reveals how much he wants to stay with the Crew.
I hope come back. I am talking right now with the Crew. Tomorrow I will talk with (Mark) McCullers and I will fix the new contract.
Judging from the email, Guille will sit down with management in a room until they get something done. He won’t let the agents and other intermediaries get in the way; he’s going to do what he can so that he is back with the Crew in 2010.
This could be an important turning point in the history of the Crew. Other teams have developed tradition and history over the course of the early years of MLS. Cobi Jones is established as an MLS pioneer and L.A. Galaxy legend. Ben Olson exemplifies the qualities of the D.C. United franchise (no matter if you love or hate Olsen and United).
Guillermo is in the position to achieve the lofty status of ambassador of the franchise. Guille is beloved by the fans. He is a respected figure in both MLS and Argentine soccer. This is the type of player that teams need to build off of both off and on the field. He helped the team win an MLS Cup, but his value will be immense if he stays around the city and the team continuing to build soccer in Columbus.
I am certainly getting ahead of myself. He hasn’t signed a contract to play in 2010 (but that seems likely) and who knows what he will decide to do once his playing days are done. However, I am absolutely ecstatic at the possibility that Guillermo would call Columbus his home and make the Crew his team.