New York, NY (Sports Network) - Columbus Crew forward Federico Higuain was
named the MLS Newcomer of the Year on Wednesday after making his mark on the
club over its final 13 games of the season.
Higuain joined Columbus as a Designated Player midway through the campaign,
and he made an immediate impact by scoring five goals and adding seven assists
in those 13 games, leading a playoff push for the Crew which came up just a
After beginning his career with River Plate in 2003, Higuain spent time at six
other clubs before moving to Columbus, which finished one point back of
Houston for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Higuain narrowly edged out San Jose Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez for
the award, while Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Michael Gspurning finished
third in the voting.
The Newcomer of the Year award is given to a player in his first season in
MLS, but who has prior professional experience, making him ineligible to win
the Rookie of the Year award.
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