The Columbus Crew's Guillermo Barros Schelotto
became the second Argentine in three years to receive Major
League Soccer's top individual award when he was named the Volkswagen Most Valuable Player.
In his second MLS season, Schelotto, led the Crew to the Supporters' Shield trophy with
a league-best 17-7-6 record and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. He led MLS with 19 assists, tied for the second highest single season total in league history and scored seven goals. Only
's single season record of 26 assists in 2000 eclipses Schelotto's 2008 total.
Heading into MLS Cup, Schelotto has three
assists in three playoff games and has contributed on all but two of the Crew's postseason goals.
The 35-year-old Schelotto received a majority of coach and general votes (53 percent) and
the overwhelming support of the media (80 percent). Christian Gomez
was the first Argentine to be named MVP when he won
the honor in 2006. Preki
is the only player to win the award twice (1997 and 2003).
The Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan
and the Chicago Fire's Cuauhtemoc Blanco
were the other finalists. MLS
Most Valuable Players 2008:
Guillermo Barros Schelotto - Columbus Crew 2007
: Luciano Emilio - D.C.
: Christian Gomez - D.C. United 2005:
Taylor Twellman - New England Revolution 2004:
Amado Guevara - MetroStars 2003
: Preki - Kansas City Wizards 2002:
Carlos Ruiz - Los Angeles Galaxy 2001:
Alex Pineda Chacon - Miami Fusion 2000:
Tony Meola - Kansas
City Wizards 1999:
Jason Kreis - Dallas Burn 1998:
Marco Etcheverry - D.C. United 1997:
Preki - Kansas City Wizards 1996:
Carlos Valderrama - Tampa Bay Mutiny