The Columbus Crew have received a huge boost ahead of the new MLS season by confirming that star man Federico Higuain has signed a new designated player contract with the club, in what is the biggest deal in the club’s history.
The Argentine playmaker has been with the Crew for two-and-a-half years and has been one of Major League Soccer’s brightest talents during that time, scoring 27 goals and picking up 23 assists in 71 appearances.
Columbus enjoyed a great season in 2014 but were knocked out of the playoffs by a rampant New England Revolution side, and Higuain’s absence in the second-leg showed the team misses him when he’s not there.
Good news is that he will be there for the foreseeable future now, and the 30-year-old is seemingly very happy to have penned a new contract with the Eastern Conference side.
Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter was also thrilled to have Higuain at his disposal for the upcoming season and beyond, and thinks he is the key to what is already a solid squad.
“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,” Berhalter said.
“This new contract demonstrates both Mr. Precourt’s vision to create an attractive, winning team and Federico’s commitment to play in Columbus for the foreseeable future.”
Higuain’s 11 goals and seven assists last season tied for the lead on his team, and he was the most dangerous player in terms of shooting, registering more shots and shots on target than any other Crew player.
He is undoubtedly the key man in the Crew side. He makes everything tick and his vision means that he is always one step ahead of the opposition.
Having Higuain back for 2015 is probably the best move Columbus will make this offseason and with Kei Kamara set to star for the team this year too, supporters have lots to look forward to in what should be another exciting campaign.
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