LAFC Exercises 2020 Contract Option of Midfielder Latif Blessing
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) today announced that the Club has exercised the contract option of Latif Blessing, keeping the 22-year-old midfielder in Los Angeles until the 2020 season.
"Latif has proven to be a great fit for us on and off the field," said LAFC General Manager & EVP of Soccer Operations John Thorrington. "He is an exciting young player who continues to improve, and we look forward to his continued contributions in the coming seasons."
In his second season with the Black & Gold, Blessing has seen action in all 16 regular season contests (14 starts), notching two goals and five assists in 1,288 minutes logged. The versatile midfielder has been primarily utilized in midfield after two seasons of playing primarily on the wing.
Blessing was initially acquired by LAFC during the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft on December 12, 2017. He would go on to appear in 30 regular season matches in the Club's inaugural campaign, registering MLS career-highs in goals (5) and assists (6).
Since joining the league in 2017, Blessing has notched 15 goals and 16 assists in 83 appearances across all competitions, including the opening goal of the Sporting KC's 2-1 victory in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Final. While with SKC, Blessing played in 25 regular season matches and all five U.S. Open Cup contests.
TRANSACTION: Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) exercises 2020 contract option of midfielder Latif Blessing.
• Discuss this story on the Major League Soccer message board...
Major League Soccer Stories from June 24, 2019
- Earthquakes Weekly Update: June 24, 2019 - San Jose Earthquakes
- Timbers Midfielder Diego Valeri Named MLS Player of the Week - Portland Timbers
- Portland Timbers Midfielder Diego Valeri Voted MLS Player of the Week - MLS
- Orlando City Travels to D.C. United for Wednesday Match - Orlando City SC
- Chicago Fire Soccer Club Weekly Update: June 24, 2019 - Chicago Fire
- Sounders FC Announces Collaboration with Elysian Brewing on New Beer Release - Seattle Sounders FC
- LAFC Exercises 2020 Contract Option of Midfielder Latif Blessing - Los Angeles FC
- Orlando City SC Recalls Mason Stajduhar from Loan - Orlando City SC
- Diego Rossi and Mark-Anthony Kaye Make Final 2019 MLS All-Star Game Roster - Los Angeles FC
- Nicolas Lodeiro Named to 2019 MLS All-Star Game Roster - Seattle Sounders FC
- Real Salt Lake GK Nick Rimando Earns Eighth MLS All-Star Selection - Real Salt Lake
- Paxton Pomykal and Matt Hedges Named to 2019 MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target - FC Dallas
- FC Cincinnati Weekly Update: June 24, 2019 - FC Cincinnati
- New York City FC Signs Gary Mackay-Steven - New York City FC
- LA Galaxy to Host Watch Party for U.S. Women's National Team Match vs. Spain - LA Galaxy
- Timbers Midfielder Diego Chara Named to 2019 MLS All-Star Roster - Portland Timbers
- Kemar Lawrence Named to Roster for 2019 MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target - New York Red Bulls
- Josef Martinez Named to 2019 MLS All-Star Team - Atlanta United FC
- Pozuelo Selected for 2019 MLS All-Star Game - Toronto FC
- Earthquakes Forward Chris Wondolowski Named to 2019 MLS All-Star Team - San Jose Earthquakes
- Romain Metanire Named a 2019 MLS All-Star - Minnesota United FC
- MLS Reveals 26-Man Roster for 2019 MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target - D.C. United
- Philadelphia Union Goalkeeper Andre Blake Named to 2019 MLS All-Star Game Roster - Philadelphia Union
- Chicago Fire Defender Bastian Schweinsteiger Named to 2019 MLS All-Star Team - Chicago Fire
- MLS Reveals 26-Man Roster for 2019 MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target - MLS
- New York City FC Sends Five Young Leaders to Fifth Annual Young Leaders Summit at City Football Academy in Manchester - New York City FC
- Know Your Opponent | D.C. United - Orlando City SC
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Los Angeles FC Stories
- LAFC and Banc of California Restructure Partnership
- LAFC & MLS Provide Update on 2020 MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target
- LAFC Launch the 'LAFC Food Delivery Service' Program
- LAFC Announces Multi-Year Partnership with Farmer John
- LAFC and the LAFC Sports Foundation Launch Black & Gold Community Fund