Federico Higuain isn’t going anywhere.
The Columbus Crew star, 30, has signed the largest contract in club history, inking a deal that will keep him with the club past the 2015 season.
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Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Columbus picked up his 2015 option after the season so the contract is formally an extension.
Over his two-and-a-half seasons with the club, the Argentine has led the team in both goals (27) and assists (23), capturing the Black & Gold’s Barbasol Most Valuable Player award in each of his two full seasons in 2013 and 2014.
“Federico has proven to be one of the top talents in Major League Soccer and a key contributor to the attacking, possession-based brand of soccer that we are trying to play at the club,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “This new contract demonstrates both Mr. Precourt’s vision to create an attractive, winning team and Federico’s commitment to play in Columbus for the foreseeable future.”
Only two players have notched at least 20 goals with at least 200 chances created since August of 2012: Higuain and Landon Donovan.
Solid signing for Columbus, which should improve again in 2015 if only by virtue of continuity. In addition to extending Higuain, the relatively-young Crew have added Kei Kamara, Kristinn Steindórsson and Mohammed Saeid this offseason.