Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Columbus Crew Go Fishing In Argentina

All of Argentina is alight this week with talk of the upcoming Superclasico between Boca Juniors and River Plate. Argentina's biggest game of the calendar has been a little overshadowed by two off field issues, one affecting each team. At Boca, fan favorite, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, is contemplating a move to the Columbus Crew. Since he hasn't seen any real playing time since Alfio Basile was in charge, a move seems likely.

My guess as to why he'd choose the MLS over another club in Argentina is the same reason why David Beckham wouldn't play for any other English club. Schelotto is inextricably linked to Boca, thus it's probably easier for him to go abroad than play against Boca for another club. According to MLS rules, the U.S. transfer window closes on Sunday.

At River, el Burrito has again gone of the reservation. If you recall, Ariel Ortega decided to walk out on River right before their match against Boca last October. It has since come out that he was having alcohol addiction issues that were finally making their way to the surface. He seems to have fought through it after a rehab stint, but failing to show up for training last week has put Ortega on boss Daniel Passarella's shit list and off of the team sheet for Sunday. Keep on eye on this one.

Sunday's match will be shown live on on both FSC and Fox Sports en Espanol, starting at noon ET. Even if you don't understand a lick of Spanish, tune into the excellent pre-game show on Fox Sports en Espanol, Minuto Cero. It'll show some great images from in and around the Bombonera and give you a real taste of what this match means to the supporters. It starts at 10am ET.

Columbus Crew reportedly eyeing Boca Juniors hero Guillermo Barros Schelotto [International Herald Tribune]
"I'd pay to play" (in Spanish) [Ole]


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