Guillermo Barros Schelotto is apparently looking for a new challenge when his contract with Boca Juniors expires at the end of the year. A Marca report says that Schelotto is looking to head to MLS with the LA Galaxy and and an unnamed team pursuing him.
The Galaxy have been managed by interim coach Dominic Kinnear since Sept. 10 when Sigi Schmid stepped down after what can only be described as a difficult season. Early reports were that the team was looking to rebuild the technical staff and that included a big-name head coaching signing.
Current Columbus Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter was one of the top candidates reportedly on LA’s wishlist. Berhalter played for LA from 2009-11 and the Galaxy approached him for the job in 2016 after Bruce Arena stepped down to take over the United States National Team. The Galaxy settled on Curt Onolfo, who lasted half a season before Schmid was hired in July 2017.
Why is this relevant to Columbus fans? For one, Crew SC may be in the market for a head coach soon. In addition to the LA job, Berhalter has also been heavily linked to the open U.S. National Team job. Sources close to the situation have told Massive Report that a deal with Berhalter and the Red, White and Blue is all but done and could be announced as soon as early November.
If Berhalter leaves, the Black & Gold, like the Galaxy, would be looking for a new head coach. Schelotto would be a very attractive candidate for Crew SC and fans have, on more than one occasion, encouraged the club to name him its head coach. Given the likelihood of new owners in the coming months, this could be a move the ownership group could do to get things going in a positive direction with the fanbase.
Schelotto is a Crew legend. He joined the team after a successful decade plus with Boca Juniors in April 2007. The next year he lead the team to the MLS Cup. He added two Supporter Shields and an MLS Most Valuable Player award. Schelotto left during the 2010 purge, returning to Argentina. After retiring, Schelotto moved into coaching, taking over Lanus then moved to Boca Juniors in 2016. He’s won the Primera Division twice in his very successful tenure with team.
Along with Schelotto, current Crew SC assistant coach Josh Wolff has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Berhalter if — or more likely when — he takes the national team job. Wolff, though, has never had a head coaching job but has interviewed for multiple across Major League Soccer and is considered to be one of the bright minds of the American coaching industry.
From a Black & Gold perspective, it would likely be difficult for fans to see the player that helped bring the team its only MLS Cup trophy managing another team within the league. If these reports are true and the Galaxy are interested in naming Schelotto their next manager, it would be wise of the organization to get things together soon and make a move if interested.