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Latif Blessing signs contract extension with LAFC

Ghanaian winger Latif Blessing has signed a contract extension to remain with Los Angeles Football Club until 2022.

Blessing, 22, first signed for LAFC from Sporting Kansas City in the second round of the Major League Soccer Expansion Draft in December 2017.

He will now spend two-and-a-half years with the Los Angeles-based team.

The General Manager of LAFC, John Thorrington said Blessing was well-deserving of his new contract and a vital part of the club’s success.

“I know I speak for fans and staff alike that Latif has won everyone over with his infectious energy and play, and he is well-deserving of his new contract,” said Mr Thorrington.

“His game continues to grow, and we know he will play an integral part in the Club’s success on and off the field moving forward.”

Blessing is one of three LAFC players that has played in all competitions this season. In his second campaign with LAFC, Blessing has started 19 of the 23 MLS matches he’s appeared in, tallying three goals and five assists in 1,792 minutes.

His first goal came in the Club’s 4-2 victory over the Montreal Impact on May 24, before scoring the game-winning goal in the 3-2 road victory over the Portland Timbers a week later. Blessing would find the back of the net for the third time in LAFC’s 2-0 win over the New England Revolution on August 3.

The Ghanaian attacker was selected with the second selection in the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft by the Black & Gold after spending his first MLS season with Sporting KC, helping the side to the 2017 U.S. Open Cup championship.

Since arriving in MLS in 2017, Blessing has appeared in 78 matches (53 starts), tallying 11 goals and 12 assists in 5,015 minutes.

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