Columbus Crew SC exercised the contract options on Designated Player and midfielder Federico Higuain
and midfielders Justin Meram
and Wil Trapp
, who have combined for 370 matches
played in MLS.
Higuain, Meram and Trapp have combined for 64 goals and 70 assists for Crew SC. The midfielders have earned three club MVP awards in the last four years: Higuain in 2013
and 2014 and Meram 2016.
“We are glad to have Federico, Justin and Wil back for 2017 as they have been important pieces of our club in their time here,” said Sporting Director
and head coach Gregg Berhalter
. “Each of them continues to play a key role in our system and we look forward to their continued contributions on and off the field next season."
The only other move the Crew has announced is the retirement of Conor Casey