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Latif Blessing
Latif Blessing
Personal information
Full name Latif Atta Blessing
Date of birth (1996-12-30) 30 December 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Playing position(s) Midfielder, Forward
Club information
Current team
Los Angeles FC
Number 7
Youth career
2013-2014 Liberty Professionals
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014-2016 Liberty Professionals 21 (17)
2017 Sporting Kansas City 25 (3)
2018- Los Angeles FC 64 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 October 2019

Latif Atta Blessing (born 30 December 1996) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or forward for Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer.

Early life

Blessing was born in Nankese, a small village in the Suhum-Kraboa-Coaltar District in southeast Ghana.

Career

Ghana

In 2013, Latif Blessing joined the Liberty Professionals youth team in Accra.[1] He was soon promoted to the senior side for the Ghana Premier League but mainly appeared on the bench for the side.[1] Blessing received particularly good reviews for his performance during a Premier League match against Asante Kotoko on June 21, 2015. In that match, he scored in the 21st minute to equalize before providing two assists, leading Liberty Professionals to a 3-1 victory.[2]

During the 2016 season, Blessing scored six goals in his first eight games.[1] After his hat-trick on the final day of the season against Bechem United, Blessing would go on to finish the season as the top scorer in the league with 17 goals.[3] His performance during the season was recognized in December 2016 when Blessing won the best player of the league award by the Ghana Football Association.[4]

Major League Soccer

In January 2017, Blessing signed with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer in the United States after being scouted and recommended by US based Italian agent/scout Simone Ghirlanda of Pan American Calcio.[5][6] Blessing's first MLS goals came in a brace on 13 May 2017 in a 2-2 draw in Orlando versus Orlando City.

In December 2017, Blessing was selected by Los Angeles FC with the second selection of the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft. He made his debut for the club as a starter in their first MLS match, a 1-0 victory at Seattle Sounders.

International

Blessing was included in the provisional squad for Ghana before the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations but failed to make the final cut.[7]

Personal

Blessing holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[8]

Blessing's brother, Ibrahim Fuseini, currently plays for Lori FC in the Armenian Premier League.[9]

Career statistics

As of 27 February 2020[10]
Club Season League Domestic Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liberty Professionals 2016 GPL 21 17 -- -- -- 21 17
Sporting Kansas City 2017 MLS 25 3 5 3 1 0 -- 31 6
Los Angeles FC 2018 MLS 30 5 4 2 1 0 -- 35 7
2019 34 6 3 0 2 0 -- 39 6
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 64 11 7 2 3 0 2 0 76 13
Career total 110 31 12 5 4 0 2 0 128 36

Honors

Sporting Kansas City

Los Angeles FC

References

  1. ^ a b c "A Shamo Quaye of our time". Pulse. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Liberty fight back to defeat Kotoko in Dansoman". Modern Ghana. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Latif Blessing wins Ghana Premier League goal king". GhanaWeb. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Abayateye, Michael (18 December 2016). "Latif Blessing wins Best Player of the Year at GFA/PLB Awards". PrimeNewsGhana. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Kovzan, Sam (9 January 2017). "Sporting KC acquires 20-year-old winger Latif Blessing in transfer from Ghana". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.mlssocceritalia.com/sporting-kc-preso-rwatubyaye-lavoro-di-scout-allitaliana/
  7. ^ "Ghana Premier League best player Latif Blessing dropped from Africa Cup of Nations squad". Ghana Soccer Net. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Forward Latif Blessing obtains green card, no longer occupies international spot on Sporting KC roster". SportingKC.com. 28 November 2017. Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Ghanaian youngster Ibrahim Fuseini joins Armenian side Lori FC". kickgh.com. Kick GH. 28 January 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Latif Blessing at Soccerway

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