WASHINGTON–D.C. United strengthened its attack Monday by signing veteran Major League Soccer attacker Federico Higuaín. The 35-year-old will also take on an additional role of player development coach.
“Federico has consistently been one of the best attacking players in the league since 2012,” general manager Dave Kasper said. “He has been a consistent goalscorer and creator on the field and we are looking forward to incorporating his MLS experience to bolster our roster this season.”
Higuaín is no stranger to MLS. The Argentine playmaker joined Columbus Crew SC in 2012 as a free agent and quickly cemented himself in the club’s history books.
In eight season with Columbus, Higuaín scored 55 goals and recorded 63 assists. His production came to a halt in May of last season when he tore his ACL, which caused him to miss the remainder of 2019.
Higuaín, whose brother Gonzalo is currently on the books at Juventus, bounced around the world prior to landing in MLS. His stops included Mexico, Turkey and his native country of Argentina.
United coach Ben Olsen hinted at the signing, first reported by the Athletic and Washington Post, in preseason. In the offseason, United lost its top four goal scorers (Wayne Rooney, Lucas Rodriguez, Luciano Acosta and Paul Arriola) due to contract expiration, offseason moves and injury.
With veteran experience and a deep understanding of MLS, Higuaín can link a disjointed United offense that failed to hold off the Colorado Rapids Saturday in a 2-1 loss to start the season. While new additions Edison Flores and Julian Gressel found some connection up front, the link-up play with striker Ola Kamara was missing.
Higuaín reunites with Kamara, who he played with in Columbus from 2016-17. Kamara scored 34 goals in those two seasons in front of Higuaín.
Off the field, Higuaín will provide added leadership with his role as player development coach. After the loss to Colorado, Higuaín was in the United locker room discussing the game with his new teammates.
United also added to its attack Saturday by upgrading Estonian forward Erik Sorga’s USL contract. Sorga will back up Kamara as United’s striker.