The Columbus Crew have signed midfielder Federico Higuain to a one-year designated player contract extension through the 2019 season.
Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not disclosed.
Higuain is the longest-tenured member of the Crew at seven seasons. The 33-year-old has 50 goals and 52 assists in 157 regular-season games for Columbus, leading the club to the MLS Cup final in 2015.
“In addition to being one of the premier playmakers in MLS, Federico is a model professional who leads by example,” said sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter in a team statement. “Federico has consistently performed at a high level for many years now, which is a testament to both his quality and work ethic and so we are pleased to reach a contract extension for the 2019 campaign.
“We are excited to see how a player with a historic career continues to add to his legacy as a player and a teammate, on and off the field. Federico is an important part of this system and as a team we remain committed in our push for another return to the postseason.”
Higuain began his playing career in his native Argentina before stops with Turkish club Besiktas and Mexico’s Club América. He is the older brother of Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain.
—Field Level Media