Ghana’s 2015/16 MVP Latif Blessing joins MLS’ Sporting KC

Liberty Professionals midfielder Latif Blessing who emerged as the Best Player for the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League has joined Major League Soccer (MLS) side Sporting Kansas City.

Sporting KC acquired the 20-year old Ghanaian winger as a discovery signing, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 visa.

According to Sporting KC, Blessing has signed an MLS contract through 2019 with an option for 2020 and will occupy an international spot on Sporting Kansas City’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 visa.

“We have scouted Latif and been very impressed with what we’ve seen from him. The great thing we love about him is that he is young, but with a lot of upside as evidence by his goal scoring record with his previous club. With every player you acquire, you always feel they have potential, but we also think he has a great attitude, and we think he has the ability to reach his potential with our club”, Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said.

Blessing, a product of the Liberty Professionals youth academy, debuted for the first team on February 28, 2016 and opened his scoring account with a game-winning goal against Inter Allies one week later. He caught fire during the month of April with five goals over a three-game span, including a brace in a 5-1 victory over defending league champions Ashanti Gold.

Between April and July, Blessing guided Liberty Professionals within one win of the club’s first-ever Ghanaian FA Cup Final appearance. He scored in the round of 64 and quarterfinal round before his side fell to Okwawu United on penalty kicks in the semifinals.

Blessing recorded his first hat-trick on July 27, notching three second-half goals in a 4-0 defeat of Sekondi Hasaacas to vault into the top three of the Premier League’s 2016 goal chart. He scored again on the penultimate weekend of the season, providing the lone tally in a 1-0 win over eventual league champion Wa All Stars.

On September 18, Blessing struck his second hat-trick of the year to help Liberty Professionals avoid relegation from the first division on the final matchday of 2016. The standout performance ensured his status as the Ghana Premier League Goal King and MVP.

Last season, another Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Appiah spent some time with Sporting KC but was later loaned to USL side Swope Park Rangers.
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