Honestly, I never considered myself a “designated player” or that i was different. I remember one time that one of the assistants mentioned something of the sort and I asked him to never mention that in front of other people again. To me, it didn’t mean anything being a designated player. I was another player, I considered myself another player. I tried to help out in the position I found myself in, whether I was a designated player or not.
I didn’t want preferential treatment, I knew that in North American culture, it was recognition.
I tell you about the American players that I did not know of back then. I liked Brad Davis, from Houston, a lot. Brad Evans and Robbie Rogers, who played with me at Columbus Crew. I believe they are still young because they were 18, 19 when I was playing there; so they must be 26, 26 now. I thought they were great.
I also liked Chad Marshall, who’s with Seattle now, he looks like a tremendous defender. He had a lot of concussion issues, though. I saw him and told Alejandro Moreno that Marshall was a player worthy of playing in the Premier League.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto on the great American players he played with and against in MLS.
Here are some quotes from his interview on TyC Sports about his 18-month battle with testicular cancer.
"I had my left testicle removed in Argentina. I went back to England and (Alan Pardew) tole me that I should leave."
"I came (to Argentina) and covered my own expenses despite having a contract with Newscastle. Money is not important. What’s important is health. I had to begin chemotherapy".
"It was very difficult to come to terms with my hair falling out. I didn’t want to cut my hair, I wanted to hold on. One day all my friends showed up and they were all bald. It was a great gesture by them."
Man, hope I make Milan fans feel better. Seems like ages since Gli Invincibili di Sacchi, one of the greatest teams ever.
Galli, Tassotti, Costacurta, Baresi, Maldini; Ancelotti, Colombo, Rijkaard, Evani; Van Basten, Gullit
Today… Possible lineup
López, Rami, Abate, Mexes (Zapata), Armero; Muntari, de Jong, Essien, Honda, Montolivo, Pazzini.
Any other alternative lineups accepted.
My new sounds: