Be careful Columbus Crew SC fans. This one might sting a little bit.
On Monday morning, Federico Higuain made his debut for D.C. United against Toronto FC in the MLS is Back Tournament. Not only that, but the former Crew playmaker scored a dazzling goal with a classic “Pipa chip.” The goal helped push the team to a 2-2, come from behind draw and second place in Group C after the first round of games.
The 35 year old got a hold of a well-timed through ball from teammate Felipe with a one-touch chip over Toronto goalkeeper Quentin Westberg, putting his team within one at a 2-1 scoreline in the 84th minute. Federic Brilliant added another for D.C. in the 91st minute, giving the 10-man squad an unlikely tie. Higuain has 10 goals and seven assists all-time against Toronto FC.
It wasn’t an unfamiliar sight for those who have followed the Crew in recent years, as such a chip had become a staple of Pipa’s play. An ACL injury in June of 2019 put the rest of his career in question, and eventually contributed to his departure from the club before the 2020 season. However today’s match in Orlando showed fans and nay-sayers alike that the Argentinian is as sharp as ever.
Higuain played for Columbus from 2012-2019, before his contract was not renewed prior to the 2020 season. He was signed as a free agent by United in March. During his time with the Crew, Higuain scored 55 goals, third-most in club history, and became the team’s all-time leader in assists with 63. He was a consistency involved Crew matches and was praised by fans upon his departure for his impact on the club.