Forward Latif Blessing obtains green card, no longer occupies international spot on Sporting KC roster

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
Player Contract Ends Options
Andrew Dykstra 2018 none
Tim Melia 2018 none
Adrian Zendejas 2018 2019, 2020
Defenders
Player Contract Ends Options
Saad Abdul-Salaam 2018 none
Matt Besler 2018 none
Amer Didic 2018 2019, 2020
Kevin Ellis 2018 none
Jaylin Lindsey 2021 2022
Ike Opara 2018 2019
Seth Sinovic 2018 none
Colton Storm 2018 2019, 2020
Graham Zusi 2018 none
Midfielders
Players Contract Ends Options
Roger Espinoza 2018 none
Benny Feilhaber 2018 none
Ilie 2018 2019
Cristian Lobato 2018 2019
Jimmy Medranda 2019 2020
James Musa 2018 2019, 2020
Forwards
Player Contract Ends Options
Kharlton Belmar 2018 2019, 2020
Latif Blessing 2019 2020
Gianluca Busio 2020 2021, 2022
Gerso 2019 2020
Diego Rubio 2018 2019
Soony Saad 2018 2019
Daniel Salloi 2018 2019, 2020
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