Los Angeles FC have explained why they decided to exercise the contract option of Ghanaian midfielder Latif Blessing.
The contract extension will keep the 22-year-old player in Los Angeles until the 2020 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.
“Latif has proven to be a great fit for us on and off the field,” Los Angeles general manager John Thorrington said.
“He is an exciting young player who continues to improve, and we look forward to his continued contributions in the coming seasons.”
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In his second season with the Black and 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 Los Angeles 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.