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Gonzalo Higuain wins MLS Comeback Player of the Year honors

Oct 17, 2022; Queens, New York, USA;  Inter Miami CF forward Gonzalo Higuain (10) controls the ball during the first half of a MLS Eastern Conference quarterfinal match against New York City FC at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Mark Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Inter Miami CF Gonzalo Higuain was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year on Thursday after putting together a solid campaign in the final season of his career.

Higuain, who announced his retirement earlier this month, had 16 goals and three assists in 28 matches (20 starts) this season. His campaign was highlighted by a late-season stretch in which he netted seven goals in five matches.

The 34-year-old Higuain finished in a tie for ninth in the MLS in goals scored while helping Miami gain a playoff berth.

Higuain, from Argentina, had 12 goals and nine assists in 30 matches (28 starts) in 2021.

Higuain received 16.63 percent of the votes from a panel of players, technical staff and media. Jeremy Ebobisse (17 goals) of the San Jose Earthquakes was second with 14.93 percent of the votes, and CF Montreal’s Kei Kamara (nine) was third with 13.67 percent.

Higuain played for famed European clubs such as Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea during his career. He also played in three World Cups for Argentina.

–Field Level Media