Columbus Crew SC fans probably won't like this, assuming this rumor is true.
The Chicago Fire are looking for a new manager after firing head coach Frank Yallop last month. Former Crew SC attacker Guillermo Barros Schelotto has expressed interest in coaching in Major League Soccer in the past.
Could the two link up?
Hearing that Guillermo Barros Schelotto is a candidate for the Chicago Fire coaching job. 2008 MLS MVP currently manages Lanus in Argentina.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) November 4, 2015
Schelotto is currently the manager of Argentinian club Atlético Lanús and helped them to win the Copa Sudamericana in 2013. There is no reason to believe he would want to leave his current position unless of course he wants to return to the United States and MLS, where he had so much success as a player near the end of his career.
The attacking midfielder helped the Black & Gold to its first MLS Cup Title in 2008 behind a Crew SC-record 19 assists. He was named the league's Most Valuable Player and set a record in the Final for assists with three in a 3-1 over the New York Red Bulls.
After the season, Schelotto became Columbus' first ever Designated Player, playing for two more seasons before his contract was not picked up.
During former Crew SC head coach Robert Warzycha's tenure, which ended during the 2013 season, there was talk that Schelotto had interest in managing the Black & Gold. When Warzycha was fired, Gregg Berhalter was hired and those rumors have since been quieted.
After the departure of Yallop, technical director Brian Bliss, who held the same title with Crew SC for six seasons, took over as interim manager in Chicago. It's possible that Bliss, who helped bring Schelotto to MLS and Columbus, could be looking at his former player as the next manager of the Fire.
It's also possible that this is really nothing and Crew SC fans should not be worried about seeing their former icon patrolling the sidelines in Bridgeview.
Update (Nov. 5 8:35): We now have more confirmation that Schelotto is a candidate for the Fire job.
Can confirm.... https://t.co/TT9h0Zmhf8— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) November 5, 2015
It seems this could become something substantial and bring Guillermo back to MLS.