Major League Soccer

Federico Higuain officially retires with Columbus Crew after signing one-day contract

Lizzy Becherano
Federico Higuain officially retires as a member of the Columbus Crew.
Federico Higuain officially retires as a member of the Columbus Crew. / Kirk Irwin/GettyImages
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Federico Higuain officially retired as a player of the Columbus Crew after signing a one-day contract with the club to ensure his career ended with the Black & Gold. 

The Argentine figure initially announced his departure last October, revealing he would be retiring following the 2021 Major League Soccer season. Higuain bowed out as a player of Inter Miami after a historic career with the Columbus Crew and a brief stint at D.C. United. 

He spent seven years with the Black & Gold after joining in 2012 as the team’s third ever Designated Player. He made his debut against the Houston Dynamo as a substitute before going on to record 55 goals and 63 assists in 193 appearances for the Crew. 

In February 2022, Higuain announced he would be penning a symbolic one-day contract with the club to formally retire in the famous Black & Gold uniform. The statement signing became a reality ahead of Saturday’s match against Nashville SC. 

“Home is where the heart is and my heart is forever in Columbus,” stated the player. 

Following his playing career, Higuain is now an assistant coach at MLS NEXT Pro club Inter Miami CF II.

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