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ProSoccerTalk Player of the Week: Federico Higuain

Sep 4, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

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A lot a Major League Soccer men just cannot catch a break at the moment.

Let’s use Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Juninho, for example. He’s an absolute crackerjack in L.A.’s midfield at the moment, covering ground, working the passing lanes to near perfection and scoring some glorious goals. It might look like Player of the Week stuff … except a certain Argentine now operating out of Ohio is hogging all the PoW acclaim.

It’s just that Federico Higuain is all the rage right now around Major League Soccer. And around ProSoccerTalk, too, where he is our MLS Player of the Week.

Truly, has any one man so singularly changed a team’s fortunes, and so quickly? Dallas’ David Ferreira certainly made his team look like something completely different upon his return two months ago, but not even Ferreira created such a radical reversal.

(MORE: ProSoccerTalk’s MLS Team of the Week)

Just look at last week: Higuain had both assists as the Crew rallied from a goal down on the road (never, ever an easy ask) to steal three points out of Philadelphia.

That was on Wednesday. Three nights later, back in Ohio, the Crew fell behind by a goal once again, this time to Montreal (a club playing wonderful soccer lately). No worries, however.

Higuain assisted on goals in the 80th and 93rd minutes as the Crew collected another three points in the summer assault on a Eastern Conference standings.

A month ago, Columbus was getting close to “playoff afterthought” territory. Now, Robert Warzycha’s team occupies the fifth and final playoff spot – and owns at least one game in hand with the closest threats.

  1. whordy - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Higuain to me, is the perfect DP. He is what a DP SHOULD be. The MLS should be trumpeting this success.
    Besides being very good, obviously, he is still a relatively young player plucked from a hotbed of overlooked soccer talent. Hes not an oldie looking for a retirement tour, not some old guy brought over because of what he did between 2000-2008. He wasn’t thrown millions of dollars, thrown into a lineup and expected to produce just because he’s a DP.
    This is what the MLS should be. Getting DPs like Higuain, in conjunction with a renewed focus on domestic talent development (where is our U19 league!?!?!) is what will propel MLS to the next stage. Not continuing to be a retirement home for players past their prime.

    • bobbyivan - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Couldn’t agree more. We need more DPs like him.

      He said he was going to return last year.

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  2. Steve Davis - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    No argument here. I’m sure there will be ample “trumpeting” in the coming months (and years), etc. The fellow has only been here about a month. It takes a little while to grease the marketing wheels and crank up the big PR machine.

  3. tylerbetts - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Umm, Steve. Last week you didn’t name Higuain your PST player of the week. You went with Fredy Montero:

    Now, I’ll just take this as you admitting your mistake in not giving it to Higuain last week.

    But, I absolutely agree with whordy above. Higuain is a great DP.

    • Steve Davis - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      Yes, yes … silly mistake. Last week, he was Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week, not PST’s. Thanks for heads-up on that one. (Fixed now to reflect …)

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