FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 10, 2020) — What’s better than having one Higuaín on your roster. Un doppio de Higuaín, quite clearly.
Federico Higuaín, the older brother of the newly signed striker Gonzalo Higuaín, will be transferring to the South Florida MLS team, we learned via a confirmation from an Inter Miami spokesman Friday night. The Washington Post was the first media outlet to report on the potential trade.
The older Higuaín, 35, a native of Buenos Aires, is a forward and attacking midfielder. He played 157 games in the Argentine first division, including stints with Club Atlético River Plate and Independiente from 2003 to 2012. He later played in for Istanbul side Besiktas in Turkey and America in Mexico City before joining the Columbus Crew in 2012 for a club record of $ 650,000. In his debut season, he won the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award. He played almost 200 games and scored over 50 goals for the club.
Federico suffered an ACL injury in May, 2019 in a game against the Colorado Rapids and missed the remainder of the season. At the end of the year, Columbus released him. He signed with the team from The District on Mar. 2, 2020.
Per the MLS Players Association, Federico had a base salary in 2019 of $1,100,000.04, all of which was guaranteed compensation. (The MLSPA has not posted salary figures for the 2020 season.)
In terms of his playing style, Federico has a reputation for being a playmaker, unlike his brother Gonzalo, who is known for his clinical finishing. His strengths are his vision, his passing game, his ball control and playing the ball. His nickname is “Pipa” like his father, while Gonzalo is “Pipita”. He is also known for his charismatic personality.
D.C. general manager Dave Kasper said: “Federico has consistently been one of the league’s top attackers since 2012. He has been a consistent goal scorer and creator on the field.”
“He’s an absolute legend,” said Crew General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko at the time. “From my time in the league, it was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make in person.”
Assuming the deal goes through, Federico would be reunited with longtime crew teammate Wil Trapp, an Inter Miami midfielder. Inter Miami plays at home at 5 p.m. on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo.