MLS Veteran Federico Higuain to Join D.C. United in Player/Coach Role

Federico Higuain. Photo by Dorn Byg/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

It seems like MLS veteran Federico Higuain isn’t thinking about retirement just yet. The 35-year-old Argentinian midfielder is reportedly set to join D.C. United in a player/coach role.

Higuain spent the last eight seasons with Columbus Crew, becoming one of the franchise’s most recognizable players. However, after ACL injury limited him to just 14 games in 2019, Crew decided not to renew his contract. 

After parting ways with Columbus, it was widely expected for Higuain to end his career. However, according to The Athletic and Washington Post, D.C. United believes he can still play meaningful minutes in the league while adding value to their coaching staff as an assistant.

The two sides are expected to finalize the paperwork and make the agreement official in the next few days. The fans shouldn’t expect Higuain on the field just yet, however, as he is reportedly still a long way before returning to action, and will need around six weeks to get into playing shape.

Federico Higuain spent his early career playing in native Argentina before joining Columbus Crew in 2012. He went on to play 193 games in MLS since them, scoring 55 goals and dishing 63 assists. Higuain helped Columbus reach two Eastern Conference Semifinals, one Conference finals, and one MLS Cup finals.