By DAN KARELL
The Columbus Crew have ensured their their highest-paid and perhaps most important player will remain atop the club’s salary charts.
The club announced on Monday morning that they have re-signed Federico Higuain to a new Designated Player contract, one that the club termed the largest in team history. Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not revealed.
The signing is the latest in a series of on- and off-field moves under Anthony Precourt, who purchased majority ownership in 2013, to refurbish one of the league’s most historic clubs.
“Federico has proven to be one of the top talents in Major League Soccer and a key contributor to the attacking, possession-based brand of soccer that we are trying to play at the club,” head coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter said in a statement. “This new contract demonstrates both Mr. Precourt’s vision to create an attractive, winning team and Federico’s commitment to play in Columbus for the foreseeable future.”
Earlier this offseason, the Crew picked up the option on Higuain’s old contract, which paid him a base salary of $580,000 last season, to go with total compensation of $744,000.
The 30-year-old Argentine is coming off his second consecutive 11-goal season, and added seven assists in 2014 as well. Higuain played a large role in leading the Crew to the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time since 2011, but struggled in the playoffs due to nagging injuries that built up over the final stretch of the season.
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