Cristian Higuita

Cristian Higuita (born 12 January 1994) is a Colombian footballer who last played for Orlando City of Major League Soccer.

Cristian Higuita
Personal information
Full name Cristian Andrés Higuita Beltrán
Date of birth (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Deportivo Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Deportivo Cali 8 (2)
2015–2019 Orlando City 103 (6)
2016Orlando City B (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2011 Colombia U17 8 (0)
2013 Colombia U20 1 (0)
2016 Colombia Olympic 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 February 2016

Club career

Deportivo Cali

Higuita made his debut with Deportivo Cali in 2009. A year later, he played a minor part in Cali's campaign winning the 2010 Copa Colombia. In 2011, he made his debut for Cali in Categoría Primera A and during the 2014 season helped the club capture the 2014 Superliga Colombiana.

Orlando City

In January 2015 it was reported that Orlando City SC would be signing Higuita along with his Deportivo Cali teammate Carlos Rivas.[1] He started the team's first ever MLS game, a 1–1 draw at home to fellow new expansion side New York City on 8 March.[2] On 1 August 2015, Higuita scored his first goal for the team in a 5–2 win at home to Columbus Crew.[3] Higuita finished the 2015 season with 4.3 tackles per game and a passing success rate of 87.1 percent.[4]

On 6 August 2016, in order to regain match fitness, Higuita was loaned to Orlando City B for their match against Toronto FC II.[5] In September 2016, Higuita was ranked #21 on the MLSSoccer.com ranking of the top 24 players under 24 years of age.[6] Higuita was one of Orlando City's protected players for the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft.[7]

Prior to the beginning of the 2019 season, Higuita was presented with a commemorative plaque in honor of his 100 appearances with Orlando City across MLS, US Open Cup and international friendlies (namely against Ponte Preta, Flamengo and Stoke City). Higuita's contract expired at the end of the 2019 season. He departed as the club's leading appearance maker with 108 across all competitions.[8]

International career

Higuita was called up to represent the Colombia U20s at the 2013 South American Youth Football Championship.[9] Higuita made one appearance in the tournament, coming on as a half-time substitute in a 2–1 group stage defeat to Chile.[10] Colombia went on to win the tournament.

Higuita was named in Colombia's provisional squad for Copa América Centenario in 2016 but was cut from the final squad.[11]

Personal

Higuita holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[12]

Career statistics

Club

As of 21 September 2019
Club Season League Cup Continental League Playoffs Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Deportivo Cali 2012 Liga Águila 20001030
2014 620040102
Total 82004010132
Orlando City 2015 MLS 26120281
2016 21100211
2017 26000260
2018 21410224
2019 9020110
Total 10365000001086
Career Totals 11185040101218

Honors

Club

Deportivo Cali

National Team

Colombia

References

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