Monday, November 24, 2008

El Guille

It's hard to put things in perspective sometimes right after championships. After teams win trophies, everything seems to have gone perfectly and judging them against past teams, players, coaches, whatever, is hard to do.

But there's one thing that is not up for debate. Guillermo Barros Schelotto is easily one of the best players in MLS and one of the most talented players ever to compete in this league. He won the regular season MVP award and the MLS Cup MVP award, just the third time that's happened and first since Carlos Ruiz did it in 2002.

Each of his assists got better in quality on Sunday. First, he did well to steal a ball on the left flank and slipped a pass perfectly to Alejandro Moreno, who took advantage of poor defending to score the first goal. Then, after helping his team make adjustments at halftime, he went near post on a corner kick and Chad Marshall buried the shot in the back of the net.

But he saved his best for last, when he somehow found Frankie Hejduk inside the box.

There were dozens of Boca Juniors shirts at HDC on Sunday, and also one other former Boca Junior legend. Former xeneize coach Carlos Bianchi was around and Guille told reporters afterward that he felt with his former boss in attendance, he could not allow his team to lose.

Guille is a superstar, a breath of fresh air. He's as classy a player as we've seen come through MLS and the league is better with him in it than not. Here's hoping we get to see more of his talents in 2009.


Anonymous said...

So we can go ahead and say that you don't think that Guille pushed DVDB and the ball wasn't out?

Anonymous said...

oh, becks -- where art thou?

RHYbread said...

@anon Whining about non-calls is pretty useless. It will always even out.

As for Guille, he's a G. And that's about all you need to say about him. We need more Argentinians in this league.