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An update on former Kansas City players.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Reports out of Ghana are stating that former Sporting Kansas City forward, Latif Blessing is set to leave MLS in the next transfer window. Blessing was taken by Los Angeles FC in the expansion draft before their first season last year. According to the report, Blessing is set to leave LA this summer and has received interest from teams in Europe and Asia. Where there are questions about the report, is that it says Blessing’s contract expires after the 2019 season. According to the announcement when KC signed him, LAFC should still have the 2020 season as a club option year for Blessing. At the same time, the option year in MLS contracts has regularly been challenged by foreign clubs to lead to moves over the years with the likes of Camilo and Cyle Larin, so it could lead to another battle between MLS and a foreign club.

Here is the rest of this week’s update.

Key

SKC - former Sporting KC players

ACA - former Sporting KC academy players

KC - Kansas City area players

Note: Players under contract to Sporting Kansas City at this time are not included on this list.

MLS

Saad Abdul-Salaam (SKC) - Seattle - Did not dress in Seattle’s 1-0 win over Salt Lake.

Jalil Anibaba (SKC) - New England - Started and played 90 minutes in New England’s 1-0 loss to Columbus.

Nick Besler (KC) - Salt Lake - Dressed but did not play in RSL’s 1-0 loss to Seattle.

Latif Blessing (SKC) - LAFC - Started and played 90 minutes, recording an assist in LAFC’s 4-0 win over DC.

Teal Bunbury (SKC) - New England - Started and played 90 minutes in New England’s 1-0 loss to Columbus.

Servando Carrasco (SKC) - LA - Dressed but did not play in LA’s 2-0 win over Vancouver.

Aurelien Collin (SKC) - Philadelphia - Did not dress in Philadelphia’s 2-1 win over Dallas.

Dom Dwyer (SKC) - Orlando - Started and played 90 minutes in Orlando’s 4-3 win over Colorado.

Benny Feilhaber (SKC) - Colorado - Started and played 72 minutes, recording an assist in Colorado’s 4-3 loss to Orlando.

Kortne Ford (KC) - Colorado - Out injured.

Kei Kamara (SKC) - Colorado - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Colorado’s 4-3 loss to Orlando.

Alec Kann (SKC) - Atlanta - No game this week.

Jon Kempin (SKC) - Columbus - Did not dress in Columbus’ 1-0 win over New England

Lawrence Olum (SKC) - Minnesota - Dressed but did not play in Minnesota’s 2-1 win over New York.

Ike Opara (SKC) - Minnesota - Started and played 90 minutes in Minnesota’s 2-1 win over New York.

Tony Rocha (SKC) - New York City - Dressed but did not play in NYCFC’s 0-0 draw with Montreal.

Oriol Rosell (SKC) - Orlando - Came off the bench and played 60 minutes in Orlando’s 4-3 win over Colorado.

Diego Rubio (SKC) - Colorado - Did not dress in Colorado’s 4-3 loss to Orlando.

CJ Sapong (SKC) - Chicago - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Chicago’s 2-2 draw with Toronto.

USL Championship

Joe Amico (ACA) - Orange County - Dressed but did not play in Orange County’s 2-0 win over Colorado Springs.

Kharlton Belmar (SKC) - Nashville - Started and played 89 minutes in Nashville’s 3-0 win over Ottawa.

Camilo Benitez (ACA) - Swope Park - Did not dress in Swope’s 4-3 loss to Bethlehem.

Amadou Dia (SKC) - Phoenix - Started and played 90 minutes in Phoenix’s 0-0 draw with Fresno.

Amer Didic (SKC) - San Antonio - Did not dress in San Antonio’s 2-1 win over Las Vegas.

Christian Duke (SKC) - Orange County - Did not dress in Orange County’s 2-0 win over Colorado Springs.

Kyle Greig (KC) - Saint Louis - Started and played 73 minutes in St. Louis’ 2-0 win over Atlanta.

Wilson Harris (ACA) - Swope Park - Came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Swope’s 4-3 loss to Bethlehem.

Felipe Hernandez (SKC) - Swope Park - Started and played 90 minutes, recording an assist in Swope’s 4-3 loss to Bethlehem.

Cyprian Hedrick (SKC) - Tulsa - Started and played 90 minutes in Tulsa’s 4-2 loss to LA.

Cameron Iwasa (SKC) - Sacramento - Started and played 90 minutes in Sacramento’s 1-0 win over Austin.

Ryan James (SKC) - Pittsburgh - Started and played 90 minutes in Pittsburgh’s 1-0 win over Louisville.

Mechack Jerome (SKC) - El Paso - No game this week.

Alec Kann (SKC) - Atlanta (Atlanta) - Started and played 90 minutes in Atlanta’s 2-0 loss to St. Louis.

Chris Konopka (SKC) - Tampa Bay - Dressed but did not play in Tampa’s 4-0 win over Hartford.

Ray Lee (ACA) - Hartford - Started and played 90 minutes in Hartford’s 4-0 loss to Tampa.

Will Little (ACA) - Swope Park - Came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Swope’s 4-3 loss to Bethlehem.

Mikey Lopez (SKC) - Birmingham - Game this week postponed.

Alex Martinez (SKC) - Charlotte - Started and played 56 minutes in Charlotte’s 2-0 loss to Charleston.

Alex Molano (SKC) - Colorado Springs - Came off the bench and played 30 minutes in Colorado Springs’ 2-0 loss to Orange County.

James Musa (SKC) - Phoenix - Dressed but did not play in Phoenix’s 0-0 draw with Fresno.

Amobi Okugo (SKC) - Austin - Started and played 90 minutes in Austin’s 1-0 loss to Sacramento.

Kevin Oliveira (SKC) - Ottawa - Started and played 66 minutes in Ottawa’s 3-0 loss to Nashville.

Tyler Pasher (SKC) - Indy - No game this week.

Camden Riley (SKC) - Swope Park - Started andplayed 90 minutes in Swope’s 4-3 loss to Bethlehem.

Ray Saari (KC) - Sacramento - Started and played 90 minutes in Sacramento’s 1-0 win over Austin.

Alex Tambakis (SKC) - North Carolina - Started and played 90 minutes in North Carolina’s 1-1 draw with Memphis.

Brooks Thompson (ACA) - Swope Park - Did not dress in Swope’s 4-3 loss to Bethlehem.

Kris Tyrpak (SKC) - Austin - Dressed but did not play in Austin’s 1-0 loss to Sacramento.

Christian Volesky (SKC) - Pittsburgh - Dressed but did not play in Pittsburgh’s 1-0 win over Louisville.

USL1

Will Bagrou (SKC) - Orlando - Started and played 80 minutes in Orlando’s 2-0 loss to Toronto.

Brandon Fricke (ACA) - Lansing - Started and played 90 minutes in Lansing’s 2-1 loss to Greenville.

Ualefi (SKC) - Chattanooga - Started and played 90 minutes in Chattanooga’s 1-0 win over Madison.

Wilfred Williams (SKC) - Orlando - Did not dress in Orlando’s 2-0 loss to Toronto.

Zach Wright (SKC) - Tucson - Dressed but did not play in Tucson’s 3-1 loss to South Georgia.

International

Korede Aiyegbusi (SKC) - Amical Saint-Prex - Switzerland - Lost 4-2 to Olympique de Geneve.

Ever Alvarado (SKC) - Olimpia - Honduras - Started and played 90 minutes in Olimpia’s 0-0 draw with Motagua.

Emiliano Amor (SKC) - Aldosivi - Argentina - Started and played 90 minutes in Aldosivi’s 1-1 draw with Boca Juniors.

Scott Angevine (SKC) - MP - Finland - No game until 5/5.

Bernardo Anor (SKC) - Caracas - Venezuela - Did not dress in Caracas’ 3-0 win over Deportivo Anzoategui. Came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Caracas’ 2-2 draw with Atletico Venezuela.

Stefan Antonijevic (SKC) - Sogndal - Norway - Came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Sogndal’s 3-0 loss to Ullensaker/Kisa.

Ezra Armstrong (ACA) - Turkspor Augsburg - Germany - Offseason.

Claudio Bieler (SKC) - Independiente del Valle - Ecuador - Started and played 74 minutes in Independiente’s 1-0 win over Fuerza Amarilla.

Sunil Chhetri (SKC) - Bengaluru - India - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Bengaluru’s 2-1 loss to Chennai City.

Jorge Claros (SKC) - Real Espana - Honduras - Dressed but did not play in Real’s 2-2 draw with Marathon.

Nuno Coelho (SKC) - GD Chaves - Portugal - Did not dress in Chaves’ 4-0 loss to Vitoria Guimaraes.

Daneil Cyrus (SKC) - Al Orubah - Saudi Arabia - Lost 2-1 to Al Jeel.

Marcel de Jong (SKC) - Pacific FC - Canada - Out injured.

Toni Dovale (SKC) - East Bengal - India - Offseason.

Elvir Ibisevic (ACA) - NK Celje - Slovenia - Came off the bench and played 9 minutes to Celje’s 3-2 loss to Domzale.

Peterson Joseph (SKC) - Hang Yuen - Taiwan - No game this week.

Benji Joya (SKC) - Irapuato - Mexico - Defeated Orizaba 4-1.

Igor Juliao (SKC) - Fluminense - Brazil - Dressed but did not play in either of Fluminense’s games.

Michael Kafari (SKC) - Motala AIF FK - Sweden - Tied Arameiska/Syrianska 0-0.

Igor Kostrov (SKC) - Slavia-Mozyr - Belarus - Started and played 90 minutes in Slavia’s 2-1 loss to Torpedo Belaz.

Cristian Lobato (SKC) - UE Cornella - Spain - Started and played 90 minutes in Cornella’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona II.

James Marcelin (SKC) - FC Edmonton - Canada - No game until 5/4.

Kyle McLagan (KC) - FC Roskilde - Denmark - Did not dress in Roskilde’s 2-1 loss to Silkeborg IF.

Michal Mravec (SKC) - FK Trinec - Czech Republic - Did not dress in Trinec’s 1-1 draw with Vitkovice.

Soni Mustivar (SKC) - Neftchi Baku - Azerbaijan - Did not dress in Nefchi’s 4-2 win over Zira.

Erik Palmer-Brown (SKC) - NAC Breda (Manchester City) - Netherlands - Started and played 90 minutes in Breda’s 2-1 win over Excelsior. Started and played 90 minutes in Breda’s 1-0 loss to Heracles.

Pablo Punyed (SKC) - KR - Iceland - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in KR’s 2-1 win over over IA.

Jordi Quintilla (SKC) - FC St. Gallen - Switzerland - Started and played 90 minutes in St. Gallen’s 0-0 draw with Grasshopper. Did not dress in St. Gallen’s 1-0 win over Neuchatel Xamax.

Max Rugova (ACA) - FC Nurnberg U19s - Germany - Came off the bench and played 12 minutes in Nurnberg’s 2-2 draw with Kaiserslautern.

Soony Saad (SKC) - Al Ansar - Lebanon - Started and played 62 minutes in Al Ansar’s 1-0 loss to Al Nejmeh.

Peter Schmetz (SKC) - Wuppertaler SV - Germany - Came off the bench and played 8 minutes in Wuppertaler’s 2-1 loss to Rot-Weib Oberhausen.

Khiry Shelton (SKC) - SC Paderborn 07 - Germany - Did not dress in Paderborn’s 1-1 draw with Sandhausen.

Yann Songo’o (SKC) - Plymouth Argyle - England - Dressed but did not play in Plymouth’s 2-0 loss to Charlton.

Martin Steuble (SKC) - Ceres-La Salle - Philippines - Started and played 90 minutes, recording an assist in Ceres’ 1-0 win over Persija.

Milos Stojcev (SKC) - Tuzla City - Bosnia - Dressed but did not play in Tuzla’s 2-0 win over FK Mladost Dodoj-Kakanj.

International women

Maegan Kelly (KC) - Atalanta Femminile - Italy - No game this week.

Indoor

Jose Burciaga (SKC) - Dallas - Did not play in Dallas’ 7-4 loss to Tacoma.

Mitchell Cardenas (SKC) - Rio Grande Valley - Had 2 assist in RGV’s 6-5 win over Turlock. Played in RGV’s 6-5 loss to San Diego.

Kevin Ellis (SKC) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Adam James (KC) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Mike Jones (SKC) - Dallas - Played in Dallas’ 7-4 loss to Tacoma.

Patrick Kelly (KC) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Robert Kelly (KC) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Boris Pardo (SKC) - San Diego - Played in both San Diego’s 10-6 win over Ontario and 6-5 win over Rio Grande Valley.

Lucas Rodriguez (KC) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Mark Saxby (KC) - Kansas City - No game this week.

NWSL

Dorian Bailey (KC) - Washington - No game until 4/13.

Shea Groom (KC) - Reign - No game until 4/14.

Haley Hanson (KC) - Houston - No game until 4/14.

Jaycie Johnson (KC) - Reign - No game until 4/14.

CeCe Kizer (KC) - Houston - No game until 4/14.

Mandy Laddish (KC) - Utah - No game until 4/20.

Sydney Miramontez (KC) - Utah - No game until 4/20.

NPSL

Tomas Granitto (SKC) - Miami FC - No game until 4/20.

Matt Lewis (SKC) - New York - No game until 4/27.

Active without a club or unknown

Emmanuel Appiah (SKC)

Hakim Diaw (ACA)

Pablo Escobar (SKC)

Luis Gil (SKC)

David Greczek (SKC)

Cody Hoffman (KC)

Tanner Hunjak (KC)

Will John (SKC)

Seo-In Kim (ACA)

Blake Levine (ACA)

Parker Maher (SKC)

Kamar Marriott (SKC)

Franky Martinez (SKC)

Yura Movsisyan (SKC)

Jacob Peterson (SKC)

Alberto Sanchez (ACA)

Nansel Selbol (SKC)

Colton Storm (SKC)

Sal Zizzo (SKC)