Federico Higuaín will wrap up an 18-year pro career next month. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
MIAMI – Inter Miami CF midfielder Federico Higuaín announced Friday that he will retire at the conclusion of the MLS season.
It will bring an end to a stellar career of nearly 20 years, more than 400 appearances and over 170 combined goals and assists.
Higuaín will captain Inter Miami in his final regular season home match at DRV PNK Stadium this Saturday, when the team takes on New York City FC at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Higuaín joined Inter Miami Oct. 10, 2020 when he was acquired via trade from D.C. United. Since then, he has made 28 appearances for the club, including six starts, and registered three goals and four assists in 768 minutes. He also made history with the club when he and his younger brother Gonzalo, the 18th pair of brothers to play together in MLS, became the first pair of brothers to score in the same MLS match, on April 24 in a victory over the Philadelphia Union. The brothers replicated the feat on Oct. 23 when they each scored in a victory over FC Cincinnati, marking just the third occurrence of the accomplishment in MLS history.
Higuaín began his professional career in 2003, graduating from the Club Atlético River Plate academy to play for the senior team in the Argentine topflight. The midfielder remained with River Plate from 2003 to 2007, but also featured for several different clubs in his native Argentina, including Club Atlético Colón for two seasons (2010-2012), Godoy Cruz for one season (2009-2010), Club Atlético Independiente for one season (2008-2009) and Nueva Chicago on loan from River Plate for two seasons (2005-2007).
He also made stops in Mexico and Turkey, playing for Turkish giants Beşiktaş JK for one season (2007-2008) and Mexican powerhouse Club América for half a season in 2008. With Beşiktaş, he recorded two goals and two assists in 16 appearances. With Club América, he registered two goals and one assist in 22 appearances.
The Argentine then became one of MLS’s best midfielders as he featured for the Columbus Crew for eight seasons, joining the team in July 2012. Higuaín was named the MLS Newcomer of the Year in 2012, led the Crew to the MLS Cup Final in 2015, and became only the 19th player in MLS history to register at least 50 goals and 50 assists in MLS. Overall, Higuaín registered 55 goals and 63 assists in 193 regular season appearances with Columbus, in addition to four goals and five assists in 14 playoff matches. The midfielder is the all-time assists leader for the Crew.
After his time in Columbus, the attacking midfielder joined D.C. United ahead of the 2020 season as a player and player development coach, where he made 10 appearances, scoring two goals.