April 24th, 2024

Toronto FC trades midfielder Latif Blessing to Houston Dynamo for allocation money

By The Canadian Press on March 14, 2024.

Toronto FC's Latif Blessing, right, moves the ball against Atlas FC's Jose Abella during first half Leagues Cup soccer action in Toronto, Sunday July 30, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Toronto FC has traded Ghanaian midfielder Latif Blessing to the Houston Dynamo for US$75,000 in general allocation money plus up to $200,000 more in allocation money if certain performance-based metrics are met.

Toronto acquired Blessing and a 2023 international roster slot last July in the trade that sent Canadian midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to the New England Revolution.

The 27-year-old Blessing made five league appearances for Toronto and 14 for New England last season. He has not seen action this season.

Prior to New England, Blessing spent five seasons (2018-2022) with Los Angeles FC, where he made a combined 167 appearances across all competitions and won two Supporters’ Shield titles (2019, 2022) and one MLS Cup (2022).

Blessing was one of the first players in LAFC history, acquired from Sporting Kansas City via the 2017 MLS expansion draft.

Blessing made US$665,000 last season, eighth highest among TFC players.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 14, 2024

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