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Schmid: Schelotto to Return to Columbus

According to Columbus coach Sigi Schmid, Crew star Guillermo Barros Schelotto will play a second season in MLS, despite reports in Argentina that the player is returning to hometown team, Gimnasia de La Plata. "He hasn't come to us saying that he wants to leave," Schmid told Soccer by Ives. "He's under contract with us and we just sent him his P-1 visa so as far as we're concerned he is coming back."

Schelotto is a household name in Argentina. He played for Buenos Aires club Boca Juniors for 11 years, scoring 100 goals. If he wants to return to play in Argentina, Schmid said he would not stand in Schelotto's way. "If that's something that he wants to do then that's something he has earned the right to do," the Crew coach said. "He has earned the respect and the right to make that decision and we would respect his wishes ... I know there's some pressure from his home club for him to go back and play there but he hasn't expressed to us that it is what he wants to do."

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