Thursday, November 20, 2008

Barros Schelotto wins MVP

Guillermo Barros Schelotto was named the 2008 MLS Most Valuable Player as the Crew now have three individual award winners this year.

Barros Schelotto pieced together one of the finest individual campaigns in MLS history as he scored six goals and had 19 assists. Although the voting was tabulated before the season ended, Barros Schelotto is one of the main reasons why Columbus are in the MLS Cup final.

The breakdown of the voting is interesting. It was done in three parts - coaches/GMs; players; media. Schelotto had about a 2-1 edge in the coaches/GMs but the players were splite nearly evenly between Schelotto and Landon Donovan. The media, though, voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Crew's superstar.

Barros Schelotto finished with 54.14 percent of the votes, Donovan behind him with 19.13 and Cuauhtemoc Blanco rounded out the field with a whopping 3.0 percent.

Here are the breakdown of the stats in percentage:

Guillermo Barros Schelotto: 53.13 coaches/GMs, 29.67 players, 79.63 media
Landon Donovan: 25.0 coaches/GMs, 26.83 players, 5.56 media
Cuauhtemoc Blanco: 0.0 coaches/GMs, 5.28 players, 3.70 media

Barros Schelotto won the MVP, Sigi Schmid won the Coach of the Year and Chad Marshall won Defender of the Year, which is a pretty good score for Columbus. Of course, an even better one for them would be a victory on Sunday.

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