Crew View: Schelotto more subtle

Despite Fire's adjustments, Argentine finds a way

Crew fans - and perhaps all of MLS - got spoiled by the wizardry of Guillermo Barros
during the 2008 season.

He totaled 19 assists in
the regular season and added another six in the playoffs, including a
record three in the team’s 3-1 win over New York in the MLS Cup.

had come to expect him to dominate a match, but as he has gotten older
(37) and teams have changed tactics, his work now is maybe even more

Take Saturday’s 2-1 win over Chicago, when Schelotto
failed to get on the scoring sheet but played major roles in the team’s
two goals.


On the first, he led Jason Garey into the box with crafty ball
through a bevy of legs. Garey got the initial shot on goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, poked the
rebound away and left the scraps for a trailing Adam Moffat to put away.

“I made a run,”
Moffat said. “Jason had a good run. Guillermo spotted our runs. He put
them under a lot of pressure.”

Said Garey: “I have a good
relationship with Guillermo. If you make the run he’ll put the ball in
there for you.”

Schelotto also linked with Eddie Gaven on the winner in the second minute
of first-half stoppage time, when they played a give-and-go along the
sideline. Schelotto threaded a pass between two defenders to spring
Gaven, who dribbled into space and pinpointed a cross that Garey headed
into the goal.

“That was a great run by Jason Garey to give
Guillermo a chance to give the ball to him,” Crew coach Robert Warzycha
said of the first goal. “It’s not only Guillermo’s vision. Jason’s run
created that pass. It was the same with Eddie Gaven’s. He made a great
run and Guillermo gave him the ball.”

The Crew (8-2-3) are going
to need more of that as the season progresses, with teams trying to
stifle the attack before it gets going.

“Everybody’s behind the
ball,” Warzycha said. “They’re dropping in their half and they’re
playing with one forward. They are organizing a 4-5-1and trying to steal
the ball in the middle of the field.”

Warzycha added that the
Crew’s opponents in each of their last three matches – LA, D.C. United
and now Chicago – have applied the same strategy.

“That’s what
all three teams did against us, so it’s difficult to find the space,”
Warzycha said.

GETTING THERE – Warzycha will
never come out and say he’s satisfied with the team’s play until they
win another MLS Cup. But he likes what he’s seen in two wins out of the
World Cup break after going 0-2-1 into it.

“I’m happy with the
overall performance,” he said. “This team has jelled and whoever we put
on the field knows his role and tries to help the team. Tactically
(Saturday) was one of our best games. The players were in the right
places. There were the right combinations. We were very solid in the

CREW CUT – Garey’s new military-looking
haircut may have helped the ball take off when he scored with the head

“That’s my tennis ball right there. Good traction on
it,” he joked. “That’s what my wife calls it because I cut it myself.
She wasn’t too happy.”

prides themselves on owning the longest unbeaten streaks for overall
(19 games), home (22) and road (9).

The home mark is currently in
jeopardy, as Real Salt Lake’s run stands at 18. If RSL
beat Chivas
on July 24 and D.C. United on July 31 at Rio Tinto Stadium, it
will be left to the Crew to defend their honor on Aug. 14 or RSL could
match the regular-season mark Sept. 4 vs. New York.

  The Crew hosts Charleston (USL-2) Tuesday in the
quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup then plays at Houston on Saturday.