Columbus Crew and soccer legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto played his last ever professional game on Thursday, June 30th. His team, Gimnasia La Plata, lost their battle to stay in the Primera División, the top flight in Schelotto’s native Argentina. Gimnasia lost the two game relegation playoff series to San Martín de San Juan by an overall score of 2-1. San Martín won the first leg at home, 1-0. Schelotto, captaining his hometown team, only managed to tie the return leg, 1-1. Gimnasia will be forced to play in the Primera B Nacional for the first time in 30 years.
Schelotto will return to Ohio this Wednesday to help run the Schelotto Padula Soccer Academy with former Crew player Gino Padula. He is scheduled to arrive at Port Columbus at 11:50 am. Crew fans will be there to greet the greatest player to ever wear the black and gold.
Here is video of Schelotto leaving the field after Thursday’s game:
Schelotto was named the MLS MVP of the 2008 season, where he lead the Columbus Crew to the Supporters’ Shield and the MLS Cup. In the MLS Cup Final, Schelotto assisted on all three of the Crew’s goals in their 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls. He won the MLS Cup MVP.
Schelotto earned 10 caps with the Argentina national team during his esteemed career. He spent ten years with Boca Juniors in Argentina, winning 16 championships with them, before coming to Columbus in 2007.
Be Massive, Guillermo.