The Designated Player contract extension runs through the 2019 Major League Soccer season, the club announced Thursday. In his seventh season with Crew SC, the Argentine midfielder is the longest-tenured player on the roster.
“In addition to being one of the premier playmakers in MLS, Federico is a model professional who leads by example,” Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter said in the club’s press release. “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.”
Higuaín, 33, has made 157 regular-season appearances for Crew SC. He is a three-time recipient of the club’s Most Valuable Player award, having won the honor in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
He is Crew SC’s all-time leader in regular-season game-winning assists (17), regular-season penalty kick goals (17) and regular-season corner kicks (634).
The Buenos Aires, Argentina native has made eight appearances this year, notching two goals and three assists.