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Higuan puts up 3 points to pick up MLS Player of the Week award

Federico Higuain
Federico Higuain
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Columbus Crew forward Federico Higuain’s three-point performance got him the votes needed yesterday to be named Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week for Week 11 of the 2014 MLS season.

In a high scoring shootout Saturday night, Higuan took part in all three of the Crew’s goals in a 3-3 draw with the Portland Timbers.

He opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a cheeky chip from 25 yards out that kissed the crossbar before landing in the goal.

In the fifth minute of first half stoppage time, Higuan calmly converted a penalty kick, after defender Giancarlo Gonzalez was fouled in the box, to give the Crew 2-1 lead at halftime.

In the 81st minute, Higuan capped his night off with an assist when he dished the ball to teammate Ethan Finlay on the right side of the 18-yard box. Finlay drilled a shot that deflected off a Timber player and into the net.

The Crew return home Saturday to face Chicago Fire.

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). http://www.soccerreporters.com/.

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