The move comes days after the Crew clinched a playoff
berth in the Eastern Conference. Higuain, will will remain a Designated Player, has scored nine goals and registered a career-high 11 assists in 2017.
Higuain, 32, is one of only three players in Crew history to register at least 40 goals and 40 assists with 48 goals and 46 assists. He wasn't the first Argentine to star for the Crew -- Guillermo Barros Schelotto led Columbus to the 2008 title -- but his presence paved the way for other Argentines to come to Columbus.
He ranks with Javier Morales, Diego Valeri and Mauro Diaz among the
best Argentine playmakers in MLS, helping transform that position in the league.
It had been unclear whether Higuain, the older brother of Argentine international Gonzalo Higuain, would return in 2018. He was the Crew's MVP in 2013 and 2014 and led it to MLS Cup in 2015 when it fell to Portland, 2-1, in the final.
Crew sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter: “Federico has been instrumental in establishing our style of play over the last four years and played a significant role in helping the club secure playoff berths in three of those four seasons. Federico’s professionalism, character and humility off the field coupled with his undeniable, difference-maker ability on the field, make him one of the greatest players ever to wear a Columbus Crew SC jersey.”