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Schelotto secures player of the week

Columbus Crew midfielder and reigning MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto was voted as Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 13 of the 2009 season, after scoring both of the Crew's goals in its 2-1 victory over Chivas USA last Sunday (June 14) at Crew Stadium.

After a record-setting season in 2008 which saw Schelotto lead the league with 19 assists in the regular season, the Argentine legend now finds himself at the top of the MLS goal scoring list thanks to two-goal efforts in recent victories over Kansas City (June 6) and Chivas USA (June 14).

With the Crew trailing Chivas USA at halftime, the 36-year-old Argentine rallied the Crew in the 61st minute. Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum sent a booming goal kick into the Chivas USA half. The ball sailed over two players who challenged in the midfield and headed for Schelotto. He shielded the ball from Chivas USA defender Carey Talley, gained possession and fired a low driving shot into the bottom left corner past Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton.

Schelotto broke the deadlock in the 87th minute when Crew defender Gino Padula sent a lofted cross that sailed just over the defence and into the penalty area.

Schelotto settled the ball and calmly slotted another low shot into the far corner under a stretched out Thornton to give the Crew three points and the victory at home. The Crew are undefeated in their last nine games and have not lost at home in 17 matches. The victory moves the Crew (4-2-7, 19 points) into a three-way tie for third place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind D.C. United and two points behind the Chicago Fire.

The Major League Soccer Player of the Week is selected each week of the MLS regular season by a panel of journalists from The North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.

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