Federico Higuaín Voted MLS Player of the Week
Crew Designated Player Federico Higuaín was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 25 of the 2012 MLS season.
Higuaín recorded three goals in two matches this past week, helping the Crew secure six important points as it climbs back into playoff contention.
Higuaín did not take long to make an impact on the team. He arrived in Columbus from Argentina on Wednesday, August 15, and was thrown in the thick of things just four days later, entering the match at Houston (Aug. 19) as a second-half substitute.
After contributing an assist in the match against the Dynamo, Higuaín, started against Toronto on Aug. 22, marking his Crew Stadium debut with a goal and an assist in the 2-1 victory giving the Black & Gold its second trophy of 2012, the Trillium Cup.
He then proceeded to score two phenomenal free-kick goals against New England to help propel the Crew to a 4-3 victory on August 25.
The award is the first of Higuaín’s MLS career. He is the third Columbus player to be voted MLS Player of the Week this season, after Emilio Renteria garnered the award in Week 12, and Jairo Arrieta earned it in week 21.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com
GOAL: Higuaín gets his first MLS goal against Toronto FC
GOAL: Higuaín curls in a free kick against the New England Revolution
GOAL: Higuaín sends a long free kick past Matt Reis