Columbus Crew SC has announced that contract options on three players -- Federico Higuain, Justin Meram and Wil Trapp -- have been exercised.
Higuain is a two-time club MVP award winner and his 35 career goals rank him fifth on the club's all-time scoring list. In 2016, the 32-year-old had four goals and four assists.
Meram was Columbus' MVP in 2016 after a season in which he scored five goals and added 13 assists. He is currently the club's longest-tenured player, having been drafted in 2011.