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Guillermo Barros Schelotto interviewed for Crew coaching job

The Columbus Crew have targeted former great Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The Dispatch's Adam Jardy reports the team interviewed Crew legend and current Lanus head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto in the last week for the team's open head coaching position. Schelotto is still revered by many Crew fans for his brief but championship winning career.

As a player Schelotto was legendary. He won 17 trophies during his time in Argentina while playing withdrawn forward for Gimnasia and Boca Juniors.

Schelotto moved to MLS and played with the Crew from 2007 until the end of the 2010 season. During his time in black and gold he scored 33 goals and tallied 41 assists in 102 games. He won the 2008 MLS MVP Award and lead the team to an MLS Cup win and the Supporters Shield.

He's transitioned quickly into management as he took over Lanus. Lanus had slumped to 10th in the 2012 Torneo Clausura. Under Schelotto they jumped to 4th in the Torneo Inicial and then 3rd during the 2013 Clausura. Lanus qualified for the 2013 Copa Sudamericana.

Schelotto is under contract with Lanus until June 2014, but the team is struggling to 13th place in the table. Lanus has recently lost some talented squad members. Loanee Oswaldo Vizcarrondo moved to Nantes and Diego Valeri moved to Portland. The team has struggled to replace them.

It's clear that new owner Anthony Precourt is willing to spend to build the right team. The Crew likely will have to pay to get Schelotto out of his contract. His salary will be higher than the very affordable terms that Hunt Sports Group signed Robert Warzycha to.

Adding to the intrigue, Schelotto recently interviewed with New York City F.C. about their head coaching position. The Manchester City backed expansion team won't begin play until 2015, but have been ramping up their search. They recently interviews Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis.

With two games left in the season and playoff hopes dim, the coaching search will take center stage. Decisions will have to be made on the roster and re-entry draft kicks off just days after MLS Cup on December 7th.