The Argentine legend’s free-kick was the first of his historic first-half hat trick for the IMCF. For his efforts, the Herons’ Designated Player pulled away from the field, accumulating 44.6% of the final vote.
Higuain’s effort beat out Orlando City SC midfielder Junior Urso, who took second place with 23.1% of the final tally. Urso dinked home a lovely chip over D.C. United goalkeeper Rafael Romo in last weekend’s 2-1 loss at Audi Field.
The two other nominees were Philadelphia Union midfielder Jack McGlynn (20.5%, third place) and Inter Miami defender Christopher McVey (11.7%, fourth place). McGlynn scored a stunning left-footed free kick during a 6-0 rout over Houston Dynamo FC, while McVey fired a shot off the underside of the crossbar. They were the first MLS goals for both players.
Check out all the nominees below.