Facing a boatload of question marks over just who will and won't be back in 2009, the Columbus Crew took a major step toward trying to repeat as MLS Cup champions by re-signing MLS and MLS Cup MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto to a new contract, making him the first Designated Player in team history.
“Securing Guille’s return was one of our top priorities entering the offseason and we are pleased to get that accomplished,” Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers said in a team-released statement. “It goes without saying that he was one of the keys to our championship season and, on top of that, he helps attract international attention to both the club and our region. We look forward to his continued dynamic contributions next season.”
Details of the contract were not disclosed.
With Schelotto in the fold, the Crew can now focus on trying to re-sign MLS defender of the year Chad Marshall, who sources tell SBI is strongly considering offers from Europe and is leaning toward leaving MLS this winter.
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