Sporting Kansas City announced Tuesday that forward Latif Blessing has obtained his U.S. green card and no longer occupies an international spot on the club's roster.


In his first season with Sporting KC, Blessing recorded six goals and two assists in 31 matches across all competitions. The 20-year-old Ghanaian scored three times in Sporting KC's run to the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, including the go-ahead goal in a 2-1 championship victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 20. He made 25 regular-season appearances and started in Sporting KC's extra-time defeat at the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Knockout Round of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.


Sporting KC now has 25 players under contract for 2018, three of whom are international players: midfielder Cristian Lobato, midfielder James Musa and forward Daniel Salloi.


On Monday, Sporting KC exercised contract options on 11 players while declining options on four players. In addition, defender Erik Palmer-Brown and forward Cameron Porter are no longer under contract with the club.


Sporting KC players under contract in 2018


Contract terms as of Nov. 27, 2017

Goalkeepers
PlayerContract EndsOptions
Andrew Dykstra2018none
Tim Melia2018none
Adrian Zendejas20182019, 2020
Defenders
PlayerContract EndsOptions
Saad Abdul-Salaam2018none
Matt Besler2018none
Amer Didic20182019, 2020
Kevin Ellis2018none
Jaylin Lindsey20212022
Ike Opara20182019
Seth Sinovic2018none
Colton Storm20182019, 2020
Graham Zusi2018none
Midfielders
PlayersContract EndsOptions
Roger Espinoza2018none
Benny Feilhaber2018none
Ilie20182019
Cristian Lobato20182019
Jimmy Medranda20192020
James Musa20182019, 2020
Forwards
PlayerContract EndsOptions
Kharlton Belmar20182019, 2020
Latif Blessing20192020
Gianluca Busio20202021, 2022
Gerso20192020
Diego Rubio20182019
Soony Saad20182019
Daniel Salloi20182019, 2020