Federico Higuain
Courtesy of C.A. Colon

Columbus ink Argentine forward Federico Higuain as DP

The Columbus Crew have signed Argentine forward Federico Higuaín from Argentine Primera División side Club Atlético Colón, the club announced Friday.

Higuaín will be the third Designated Player in Crew history and the only one currently on the roster, and will be available for selection upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and work visa.

"On behalf of our club, we are extremely excited to bring another world-class player to Crew fans and to the Columbus market," Crew president and GM Mark McCullers said in a statement. "Federico is a talented, technical and speedy attacking player who will add another dimension to our offense."

Higuaín, 27, has spent the last two seasons with Colón, where he tallied 10 goals in 62 appearances. He’s also played for Argentine top-flight sides Godoy Cruz and Independiente, and has spent a half-season at Turkish giants Besiktas, as well as Mexico’s Club América.

A product of the River Plate youth system, Higuaín comes from a rich soccer lineage. His brother Gonzalo is currently a standout striker for Real Madrid and the Argentina national team, while his father Jorge played for several top Argentine clubs including Boca Juniors and River Plate.

"We had our eye on Higuaín for quite some time," said Crew head coach Robert Warzycha. "He's a fast forward who played successfully in a very good league. He's very opportunistic and a good finisher, and he can play as a winger or as a second forward."