Gonzalo Higuain honored by MLS

Gonzalo Higuain honored by MLS

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Days after playing his last game of his career, former Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain was named the recipient of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Comeback of the Year trophy on Thursday. 

With 16.63% of the vote, he just beat Jeremy Ebobisse (14.93%) of the San José Earthquakes and Kei Kamara (13.67%) of CF Montreal.  

After missing 14 consecutive games due to a knee injury, the former Juventus Turin player has taken his game up a notch with Inter Miami CF under the encouragement of his head coach, Phil Neville. Higuain set a team record with 16 regular season goals, despite only playing 20 games as a starter.

The 34-year-old forward was crucial to the Florida club's participation in the MLS qualifiers by scoring the winning goal in three of the last five games of the season. Inter Miami's campaign, however, came to an early end on October 9, when it lost 3-1 to CF Montreal at Stade Saputo in the first round of the fall ball.

The 25-year-old Ebobisse was one of the bright spots for the Earthquakes this season, who finished last in the Western Conference. He scored 17 goals in his seventh season on the Garber Tour, by far his career-best campaign.

As for him, Kamara has proven to be one of MLS's biggest boons in 2022 Despite only earning a salary of $94,000, the third-highest scorer in league history had nine goals and seven assists in 32 games, including just 14 starts.