Massive Champion Guillermo Barros Schelotto is set to return to MLS according to an LA Times report. Schelotto reportedly will take over the open coaching position for the LA Galaxy on a multi-year contract. LA first targeted Caleb Porter and Dominic Kinnear but couldn’t agree to contract terms. Porter is reportedly taking a five-year contract to become the next Columbus Crew SC head coach.
Schelotto began his playing career with home town club Gimnasia La Plata in 1991 before transferring to Boca Juniors in 1997. He tallied 16 championships during his decade with the team. As his career progressed and other players started to emerged, Schelotto lost his starting spot and took the opportunity to jump to Major League Soccer, landing with Crew SC.
The Argentinean playmaker played four years in Columbus and added team and individual honors. He lead the team to the Black & Gold’s only MLS Cup championship in 2008 while adding two Supporters Shields in 2008 and 2009 and a Most Valuable Player award in 2008. No player guided the team to more success and he is deservedly a team legend.
Upon retiring in 2011, Schelotto took charge of Argentinean side Lanus in 2012 and helped the club move up the table and into continental competition. Under Schelotto’s leadership, Lanus won the 2013 Copa Sudamericana, further polishing the coach’s coaching credentials. Boca Juniors called again during a time of crisis and asked Schelotto to step in and settled the team. Boca won two Primera Division titles and reached the finals of this year’s Copa Libertadores, falling to rivals River Plate.
Schelotto has reportedly been interested in a return to America and MLS for several years. He interviewed for the open Columbus head coaching position in 2013, but the team settled on Gregg Berhalter, who took the job and remained with the club until this offseason when he was appointed the manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team.
This season, Atlanta United, the LA Galaxy and Columbus were all reportedly interested in talking to him to fill open head coaching positions. Atlanta signed Frank de Boer this week after talking to him earlier this month and deciding that the Dutchman was a better fit. Columbus is set to sign Porter to the team’s open coaching position after it’s understood that Schelotto wasn’t interested in a return to the Crew.