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14 February 1:55 pm

Crew Designated Player Federico Higuain made the media rounds while in New York this week. Here is an interview Pipa did with CNN Español.

“Espero poder quedarme aquí mucho tiempo” - Federico Higuain

Translation: "I hope to be able to stay here for a long time"

05 September 1:45 pm

Through his first five games in Major League Soccer, Federico Higuaín has made an instant impact in the Crew attack to help the Black & Gold to a 4-0-1 record and a four match winning streak. With such production coming from the Argentine, here's a look at how Higuaín compares to similar Designated Players through their first five matches in MLS:

PLAYER Goals Assists Team Goals Team Record
Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Chicago Fire) 2 3 10 3-1-1
Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls) 0 3 4 2-1-2
Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) 3 1 9 5-0-0
Luciano Emilio (D.C. United) 2 0 6 1-1-3
Federico Higuaín 3 6 12 4-0-1

(Source: Elias)

Notes: Robbie Keane's first five matches includes the 2011 Playoffs, Luciano Emilio went on to win the 2007 Golden Boot and MLS MVP while helping D.C. United to the Supporters Shield that season.

15 August 11:50 am

The wait is over, Crew fans.

Designated Player Federico Higuaín arrived in Columbus Wednesday morning from Argentina. The forward will be introduced Thursday at 10AM EST right here on TheCrew.com via live stream.

Check back later for more details.

13 August 5:43 pm

Federico Higuaín's move to Columbus was halted by a snag in the Argentine immigration office, but the striker should be in Black & Yellow soon Technical Director Brian Bliss said this afternoon.

"According to what the immigration people have told us, the stamp has been placed into [Higuaín's] passport," Bliss explained. "Federico is en route to pick it up either today or early tomorrow morning. Once he gets the passport, Tucker [Walther, the Crew's Director of Team Operations] will book his ticket [to Columbus]."

Higuaín will not be available for Wednesday's match against the LA Galaxy, but Sunday's match in Houston could be a possibility.

 

06 August 3:06 pm

Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuaín, brother of newly-signed Designated Player Federico Higuaín, took the time to talk to MLSsoccer.com while Los Blancos tour the U.S. ahead of their upcoming La Liga campaign. Skip ahead to the 1:30 mark where Gonzalo is asked about his older brother coming to MLS (translation below).

 

Have you had the chance to talk to your brother Federico Higuain? He was recently signed by an MLS team, the Columbus Crew. Have you had a chance to talk to him about this chance that he has in the USA? And what is your personal opinion of soccer here?  

Yes, I talked to him. He asked me about the US, the city I’m in right now, the team we are playing. He wants to know because it’s a new league for him. I am very happy because it’s a change for good, and I hope he can do things the best way. I saw him very excited, I hope things go well for him because if he’s doing well, so are we (referring to his family).