MLS side Los Angeles FC has announced reaching a multi-year contract extension with Ghana’s Latif Blessing.
The new deal for the versatile winger, which comes with a pay rise, will run through the 2022 season.
Los Angeles only recently exercised its further option on the 22-year-old after completing his first year since arriving from Sporting Kansas City in 2018.
“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 EVP & General Manager John 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 seen action in every contest across all competitions this season. In his second campaign with the Black & Gold, 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 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 regular-season contests (53 starts), tallying 11 goals and 12 assists in 5,015 minutes. Blessing has also added five goals and three assists in 12 U.S. Open Cup matchups.