It’s been a season surrounded in uncertainty for Columbus Crew SC. Talks of possible relocation, a potential sale and pending legal battles make this a year unlike any other.
Thankfully, some clarity emerged on Thursday, as the Black & Gold announced that playmaker Federico Higuain signed a one-year contract extension the club announced.
The Argentine midfielder is in his seventh season with Crew SC, and is currently the longest-tenured player on the roster.
Higuain, 33, has appeared in 157 games for Columbus, making 152 starts, and is the only player in club history to register at least 50 goals and 50 assists in regular-season action, having tallied 50 goals and 52 assists. He is a three-time recipient of Crew SC’s Most Valuable Player award, having won the honor in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
“In addition to being one of the premier playmakers in MLS, Federico is a model professional who leads by example,” head coach Gregg Berhalter said in the press release Thursday morning. “Federico has consistently performed at a high level for many years now, which is a testament to both his quality and work ethic and so we are pleased to reach a contract extension for the 2019 campaign. We are excited to see how a player with a historic career continues to add to his legacy as a player and a teammate, on and off the field. Federico is an important part of this system and as a team we remain committed in our push for another return to the postseason.”
“Pipa” is among Crew SC’s all-time leaders in multiple categories, including being the all-time leader in regular season game-winning assists (17), regular season penalty kick goals (17) and regular season corner kicks (634). He is in second place all time in club history for regular season assists (52) and is in third place all time for Crew SC in regular season goals (50).
Additionally, Higuain is one of only seven players in Black & Gold history to register three assists in a single match, having achieved the feat in a 3-2 home victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 23, 2017.
Fans may recall the uncertainty regarding Higuain’s contract situation last season, with the talisman citing that it was the “end of a cycle.” It appears that it set to carry one for another year.