Latif Blessing

Latif Blessing
Latif Blessing
Latif Blessing
Forward/Midfielder
7
Real Name: Latif Blessing
HT: 5' 3" WT: 140
Age: 22 (12/30/1996)
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
Hometown: Accra, Ghana

ACQUIRED 

Selected second in the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft on December 12, 2017. 

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Ghana Premier League Player Of The Year: 2016 

  • Ghana Premier League Goal King (league’s top scorer): 2016  

  • Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champion: 2017 

 

PROFESSIONAL 

2018 (Los Angeles Football Club): 

  • Started 18 of 30 MLS regular season appearances, scoring five goals and adding six assists in a total of 1,834 minutes played. 

  • Notched a goal and two assists in a 4-1 victory against the Philadelphia Union on July 1.  

  • Started all four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appearances with two goals and an assist, the assist coming in the Club’s Semi-Final loss to the Houston Dynamo in penalties on August 9.  

  • Started in the Club’s only MLS Cup Playoff match , a 2 – 3 loss to Real Salt Lake on November 2.   

2017 (Sporting KC): 

  • Started 16 of 25 appearances, recording three goals and one assist (1,419 minutes played). 

  • Made MLS debut as a second-half substitute in a 0-0 draw against FC Dallas on March 11. 

  • Scored two goals in a 2-2 draw at Orlando City SC on May 13, becoming the youngest player in Sporting KC history to score twice in an MLS match and just the fifth player in club history to notch a brace in his first MLS start for the club. 

  • Scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire on July 29. 

  • Started and played 43 minutes in a 2-1 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 20, scoring the opening goal in the 25th minute for his third tally of the tournament. 

  • Started the only game of the Club's Knockout Round loss to the Houston Dynamo.  

2016 (Liberty Professionals, Ghana Premier League): 

  • Named the 2016 Ghana Premier League Player of the Year after leading the top flight with 17 goals in his first season on the senior team. 

  • Was the 2016 Ghana Premier League Goal King, an award given to the league’s top scorer. 

  • Finalist for the 2016 Ghanaian FA Cup Most Valuable Player award. 

  • Helped the Liberty Professionals reach the semifinals of the Ghanaian FA Cup. 

  • In April, scored five goals over a three-game span, including a brace in a 5-1 victory over defending league champions Ashanti Gold. 

  • Recorded his first hat-trick on July 27, notching three second-half goals in a 4-0 defeat of Sekondi Hasaacas. 

  • On Sept. 18, struck his second hat-trick of the year to help Liberty Professionals avoid relegation from the first division on the final matchday of 2016.  

 

INTERNATIONAL 

  • Received first call-up to the Ghana Men’s National Team in December 2016 as a member of the Black Stars’ 30-man provisional squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, but was not selected to the final roster. 

 

PERSONAL  

  • Has a twin sister, Latifa. 

  • Favorite sport other than soccer is American football. 

  • Favorite food is rice.  

  • Favorite movie is Moana. 

  • Is an avid FIFA player. 

  • Follow Latif on Twitter @latif_blessing and Instagram @Lab_9. 

 


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Stats

MLS
Career Statistics (Regular Season)
YearClubGPGSGMINSASHTSSOGFCOFFYR
2019Los Angeles FC860568311119020
2018Los Angeles FC30185180464920251300
2017Sporting Kansas City25163141913715312330
Career Totals-634083791109736753650
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