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Higuain claims MLS Player of the Week award

Columbus Crew forward Federico Higuain was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week for Week 25 of the 2012 MLS season on Monday.

Higuain scored three goals while setting up another last week as he led the Crew to a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on Wednesday and a 4-3 victory against the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Signed as a Designated Player from Colon last month, Higuain has had a positive impact on his new club as he had a hand in both goals against Toronto on Wednesday by setting up the opener for Eddie Gaven and scoring the second goal himself.

Against New England, Higuain tallied two more goals in the 4-3 win to give him three goals and two assists in his first three games as a member of the Crew.

The MLS Player of the Week award is selected each week by the North American Soccer Reporters. The group consists of members of online, print, television, radio media.

2012 MLS Player of the Week winners:

Week 1: Kalif Alhassan (Portland Timbers)

Week 2: David Estrada (Seattle Sounders FC)

Week 3: Thierry Henry (Red Bull New York)

Week 4: Thierry Henry (Red Bull New York)

Week 5: Thierry Henry (Red Bull New York)

Week 6: Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)

Week 7: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)

Week 8: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes)

Week 9: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Week 10: Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

Week 11: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)

Week 12: Emilio Renteria (Columbus Crew)

Week 13-15: Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact)

Week 16: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Week 17: Danny Koevermans (Toronto FC)

Week 18: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)

Week 19: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Week 20: Calen Carr (Houston Dynamo)

Week 21: Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)

Week 22: Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

Week 23: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Week 24: David Ferreira (FC Dallas)

Week 25: Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew)