Federico Higuain leaving D.C. United to join younger brother Gonzalo at Inter Miami
Inter Miami fans will soon have two higuains to lean on.
Federico Higuain, the older brother of the newly signed striker Gonzalo Higuain, has been hired by D.C. United is filing a deal to Miami and the clubs are working on a deal, an Inter Miami spokesman confirmed Friday night. The Washington Post first reported on the potential trade.
The older Higuain, 35, is a forward and attacking midfielder. He played 157 games in the Argentine first division, including spells at River Plate and Independiente from 2003 to 2012. He then played in Turkey and Mexico before joining the Columbus Crew in 2012 for a club record of $ 650,000. In its debut season, it won the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award.
He played almost 200 games and scored over 50 goals for the club. That season he moved to D.C. United. Unlike his brother Gonzalo, who is known for his clinical finishing, Federico is more of a playmaker. His strengths are his vision, his passing game, his ball control and playing the ball. His nickname is "Pipa" like her father, and Gonzalo is "Pipita". He is also known for his charismatic personality.
As D.C. signed him earlier this year, General Manager Dave Kasper said: "Federico has consistently been one of the league's top attackers since 2012. He has been a consistent goalscorer and creator on the field."
Federico suffered an ACL injury in 2019 and Columbus let him go.
"He's an absolute legend," said Crew General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko at the time. "From my time in the league, it was one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make in person."
Assuming the deal goes through, Federico would be reunited with longtime crew teammate Wil Trapp, an Inter Miami midfielder. Inter Miami plays at home at 5 p.m. on Saturday. against the Houston Dynamo.
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