Federico Higuain reportedly just got paid. When I say paid, I mean reportedly the most lucrative contract in the history of Columbus Crew SC. It’s not a surprise to be honest. Higuain is a very talented player and he is one of the main reasons the Crew did so well this year.
Higuain just finished his third year in MLS with the Crew. Last year, he played in 29 of the teams 34 games. He finished the season with 11 goals and seven assists in 2488 minutes played. Overall in his time with the Crew, Higuain has scored a total of 27 goals while assisting on 23 others.
Sporting director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter had this to say:
“Federico has proven to be one of the top talents in Major League Soccer and a key contributor to the attacking, possession-based brand of soccer that we are trying to play at the club. This new contract demonstrates both [owner Anthony Precourt’s] vision to create an attractive, winning team and Federico’s commitment to play in Columbus for the foreseeable future.”
He is one of the most dangerous players in MLS if you ask me. He has a knack for scoring some pretty amazing goals. He is also extremely talented in setting up his teammates as well. He has never had a season with fewer than seven assists. His career high in MLS is nine, which he did during the 2013 season.
I mentioned a moment ago about scoring some amazing goals. Check out this goal he scored in 2014 against the 2014.
It took a lot of courage to take a shot like that but he felt it had a good chance to go in, so that is why he took it. It also helped that Portland Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was off his line as well.
Higuain could have had a few more goals on the season, but unfortunately he had some issues taking penalties. I don’t have the number off the top of my head, but he missed a few penalties throughout the season.
Higuain helped lead the Crew to the 2014 playoffs. The Crew unfortunately ran into the hottest team in MLS at the time, the New England Revolution. The Crew was defeated 7-3 on aggregate. Higuain played in only one of the two matches against the Revs, but I really don’t think it would have mattered if he played in both. Nobody was going to stop the Revs at that point in the season.
It’s nice to see a small market team like the Crew spend some money on a player that is good for the team. If they can get a few more key players added to the roster, the Crew can be a very dangerous team in the Eastern Conference.