Ever since Crew head coach Robert Warzycha benched reigning league and MLS Cup MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto during last year's playoffs, there have been rumors that the two Crew icons were at odds.

Ever since Crew head coach Robert Warzycha benched reigning league and MLS Cup MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto during last year's playoffs, there have been rumors that the two Crew icons were at odds.

Both men are professionals who likely will never go on the record about any personal discord, if any exists. However, Warzycha did air some professional critiques of Schelotto last week, surprising many by telling the Dispatch he was displeased by Schelotto's style of play and feels handcuffed with Schelotto in the Crew lineup.

Schelotto is a short, slender creative mastermind - a finesse player who's not afraid to scrap but is at his best when helping to remind fans why soccer is nicknamed "the beautiful game."

Warzycha sees MLS as a rough and tumble league and wants to play with two big, strong forwards in the lineup, but he feels like he can't afford to play Schelotto as a midfielder because he doubts the Argentine has enough muscle or hustle on defense.

In an ideal world, Columbus could find a way to keep Warzycha, who has been with the club as a player and coach since the inaugural 1996 season, and Schelotto, inarguably the greatest player to ever don a Columbus jersey.

But if Schelotto really doesn't fit into Warzycha's plans, one of them will likely have to go - and the decision isn't as clear-cut as some might think.

Pro-Warzycha:

Coached Columbus to second straight Supporters Shield in 2009

Led Crew to quarterfinals of CONCACAF Champions League

History with the Crew runs deep - this is his 15th season with the club

Anti-Warzycha:

Maddening substitution patterns and lineup decisions

Crew fading down the stretch for second straight season

Pro- Schelotto:

Leads team in goals (8) and assists (8)

The only Crew player to win MVP honors

Respected by teammates; wears the captain's armband when Frankie Hejduk sits out

Anti-Schelotto:

At age 37, probably only has one more season in him

The Crew typically plays well without Schelotto; the team won only one out of its last four matches - the one Schelotto sat out