Federico Higuain

Federico Higuain
Federico Higuain
Federico Higuain
Columbus Crew SC
Midfielder
10
Real Name: Federico Higuain
HT: 5' 8" WT: 165
Pronunciation: FED-er-EE-co EE-gwa-EEN (“PEA-pa”)
Age: 32 (10/25/1984)
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

PRONUNCIATION

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016 (Columbus): Higuain made 20 appearances (19 starts) for Crew SC, with 19 appearances coming at central attacking midfield and one at central midfield. He scored four goals and added three assists. He started in the season opener at Portland (March 6) where he recorded his first goal of the season on a bicycle-kick finish. He registered his first assist of the season at FC Dallas (April 2). He notched his second helper of his 2016 campaign in a start against New York City FC (April 16). He started vs. Montreal (May 7), where he registered his second and third goals of the campaign, including a penalty kick goal, which passed Guillermo Barros Schelotto to place him first all-time in regular season penalties converted for Crew SC. Higuain registered the game-winning assist on a corner kick against Real Salt Lake (May 28). It was announced that he would be out for five-to-seven weeks following surgery to repair a hernia (June 15). He returned to the matchday 18 and made a second-half substitution against Orlando (July 23). He scored his fourth goal of the campaign during a start at New England (August 20). He started at central attacking midfield at New York City FC (October 23). Higuain did not make an appearance in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

2015 (Columbus): Higuain made 32 appearances (32 starts) at central attacking midfield in 2015, scoring eight goals and adding nine assists. Against Orlando (April 18), he scored his first goal of the season with a backheel tally that was nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. The Designated Player made his 75th career MLS and Crew SC start at D.C. United (May 2). He scored in consecutive matches with a game-tying goal against LA (June 13). Higuain notched an assist in back-to-back contests with a game-winning helper against the Red Bulls (July 4). He tied Guillermo Barros Schelotto for the most penalty kicks converted in club history (13) with a successful spot kick vs. Chicago (July 19). At NYCFC (August 29), he registered a goal and the game-winning assist, moving into solo sixth place in club history in both goals and assists, as well as solo fifth all-time in club history in game-winning assists. Higuain reached a milestone by making his 100th appearance for the club with a start at D.C. United (September 19). In the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, Higuain started all five contests, recording one goal and leading the club with two assists, including an assist in the 2015 MLS Cup. Higuain did not make an appearance in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

2014 (Columbus): Higuain made 29 appearances, including 28 starts at central attacking midfield. He was named the club’s Barbasol Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season and shared the Budweiser Golden Boot after tying for the team lead in both goals (11) and assists (seven). Higuain scored two goals in the Black & Gold’s 3-0 Season Opener win against D.C. United (March 8) and he recorded one assist against Philadelphia in Columbus’ 2014 home-opener (March 22). He recorded one goal -- a penalty kick goal -- and one assist -- the game-winner -- in the club’s 2-1 win at Seattle (March 29). He recorded his 20th career goal in Columbus’s 1-1 tie at San Jose (April 13). He scored two goals and added one assist in the match at Portland (May 17), converting his 10th career penalty kick goal and a chipped goal before adding an assist en route to MLS Player of the Week Honors for Week 11. He recorded two assists -- including the game-winning assist -- in the 2-0 win over Chicago (May 24), becoming just the sixth player in Black & Gold history to record 20 goals and 20 assists in a career, doing so in 54 regular-season matches. He started at New England (July 26) and scored the match’s opening goal, a free kick that was nominated for the MLS AT&T Goal of the Week award. He made his postseason debut by starting at central attacking midfield and scored his first MLS Cup Playoffs goal in a start versus New England (November 1). He did not dress for the second leg at New England (November 9) after being listed as questionable prior to the match. Higuain did not make an appearance in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup while he recovered from a right hamstring strain suffered on June 4, 2014.

2013 (Columbus): The club’s 2013 Barbasol Most Valuable Player was second on the team in goals behind Dominic Oduro (11) and was first on the team in assists (nine). He wore the captain’s armband in the team’s first 25 matches and in 29 matches overall in 2013. Higuain recorded the game-winning goal in the start at Chivas USA (March 2) and earned an assist off of Glauber’s header goal against San Jose (March 16). He recorded a first-half stoppage time penalty kick goal and an assist in the 3-0 win against D.C. (April 27) and connected with Dominic Oduro for the game-winning assist on Oduro’s 42nd minute goal at Toronto FC (May 18). Pushing his season penalty kick goal totals to four following a penalty kick conversion against Chicago (June 22), he also recorded his fifth assist on the season on a free kick that Bernardo Anor headed home in the 78th minute at LA (July 4). Later, he recorded either a goal or an assist in four straight matches from June 22 –July 7. Higuain recorded double in two consecutive matches against New York (August 10) – where his fifth penalty kick conversion on the year tied a club record - and against Toronto (August 17) pushing his season total to nine goals. After receiving his fourth and fifth yellow cards in the tilt at Real Salt Lake (August 24), he missed matches against Seattle (August 31) and Houston (September 4) while serving a two-game suspension for yellow card accumulation and a red card that was issued in the 89th minute at Real Salt Lake. Following the missed match at Sporting KC (September 7) while nursing a left adductor strain suffered in the training session leading up to the contest in Kansas City, he returned to the starting 11 the following week at Montreal (September 14) where he recorded two assists including the game-winning helper to Dominic Oduro in the 78th minute of the contest. Goal number 10 on the season came in the form of his sixth penalty kick goal on the season surpassing Guillermo Barros Schelotto for first on the club’s all-time regular-season list for penalty kick goals. He scored his 11th tally and extended his team lead in assists to nine on the season in the match at FC Dallas (September 29) marking the third consecutive match in which he had scored a goal or an assist. Higuain missed the team’s final two matches in a home-and-home series versus New England (October 19 and 27) due to a right hip contusion. He made two appearances and one start at forward in the Third Round win of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup win against Dayton Dutch Lions (May 29).

2012 (Columbus) Acquired midseason, Higuaín made an instant impact with the Black & Gold. In his debut as a second half substitute in Houston on August 19, the Agrentine assisted on Eddie Gaven's counterattack goal with a brillianty place 40-yard lob. Over the next four matches, Higuaín logged three goals and five assists to earn back-to-back MLS Player of the Week honors, including two free kick strikes against the New England Revolution on August 25. Higuaín finished 2012 with a total of five goals and seven assists to earn the 2012 MLS Newcomer of the Year award.

2010-12 (Colón de Santa Fe): Higuaín scored 10 goals in 62 League appearances in two seasons for Colón before signing with the Black & Gold in the middle of 2012.

2009-10 (Godoy Cruz): Following his time at Independiente, Higuaín moved to Godoy Cruz where he made 36 appearances in the Argentine Primera Division to score 11 goals in 2652 minutes.

2008-09 (Independiente): At the end of 2008, Higuaín returned to Argentina with Independiente where he appeared in 18 matches, recording one goal for the First Division side. He made one appearance for the club in the 2008 Copa Sudamerica, logging 65 minutes.

2007-08 (Besiktas, Club America): Higuain signed with Besiktas of Turkey in the middle of 2007, appearing in nine League matches. The Argentine made five appearances as a substitute for the Turkish side in the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League, logging 100 minutes. He was subsequently loaned to Club America of the Mexican Primera where he tallied one goal in 13 appearances to finish out the 2007-08 season.

2003-07 (River Plate, Nueva Chicago): Higuaín began his career at famed club River Plate in 2003, at the age of 18, where he made only two appearances. In 2005, he was loaned to Nueva Chicago of the Primera “B” Nacional (Argentina’s second division), where he helped the team reach promotion into the first division. Higuain spent two seasons there, notching 28 goals in 75 appearances, and returned to River Plate in 2007.

YOUTH EXPERIENCE

Higuaín spent his teenage years in River Plate's famed academy system, the club where his father made 131 appearances for the Senior Team.

ACQUIRED

Higuain was signed as a Designated Player on July 27, 2012

PERSONAL

Higuain is married to his wife, Veronica and the couple has two children: Santino and Nicolino. In his free time, he enjoys reading and listening to music, specifically rock and tango. In 2013, MLS Insider profiled his affinity for the Rolling Stones. He lists Indio Solari, Garde and Edmundo Rivero as his favorite musical artists. Higuain enjoys all types of movies but lists “Life Is Beautiful” (1997) as his favorite flick. He enjoys eating carne asada and traveling to the beach, listing Argentina as a place he always likes to visit. Outside of MLS, he supports Barcelona and idolizes soccer player Zinedine Zidane. He lists his role model as his family and every soccer memory he’s had as his favorite. Higuain comes from a family of renowned soccer players. His father Jorge played at several clubs in Argentina, including Boca Juniors and River Plate, while his younger brother Gonzalo is one of the top strikers at Napoli and Argentina’s National Team. He is fluent in Spanish and is learning English here in the U.S.


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Stats

MLS
Career Statistics (Regular Season)
YearClubGPGSGMINSASHTSSOGFCOFFYR
2016Columbus Crew SC2018416073451410500
2015Columbus Crew SC3232827249732827961
2014Columbus Crew29281124887732522980
2013Columbus Crew292911259298631201661
2012Columbus Crew13115100473298720
Career Totals-1231183910415353091078746222
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