Major League Soccer

Federico Higuain to retire as Columbus Crew player with one-day contract

Chris Smith
Few players have left as big a mark on the Crew as Higuain
Few players have left as big a mark on the Crew as Higuain / Joshua A. Bickel/Columbus Dispatch / USA

Federico Higuain will return to the Columbus Crew on a one-day contract in honor of the legendary status he achieved at the club.

The Argentine playmaker officially retired with Inter Miami last season following a short stay at DC United, bringing an end to a glorious MLS career that spanned 10 campaigns.

Eight of those were spent with the Crew between 2012 and 2019, during which time Higuain scored 59 goals and assisted another 51 in 210 appearances across all competitions. He was named MLS Newcomer of the Year in 2012 and was twice named Player of the Week as he helped Columbus qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs four times - including a run as losing finalists in 2015.

Higuain's service to the club will be honored at the Crew's home game against Nashville SC on April 2, with the 37-year-old being registered as a Columbus player for one more day ahead of his full retirement.

"Columbus Crew today announced that the Club will sign midfielder Federico Higuain to a one-day contract, allowing the Crew legend to officially retire as a member of the Black & Gold," a club statement read on Wednesday.

"Higuain, a three-time recipient of the Crew’s Most Valuable Player Award, will sign the ceremonial agreement and be honored at the Crew’s home match against Nashville SC at Field on April 2."

After winning MLS Cup in 2020, the Crew failed to make the Playoffs last season. Caleb Porter is currently preparing them for the new campaign, which they begin at home to the Vancouver Whitecaps on February 26.