The New England Revolution made their second offensive acquisition of the offseason on Tuesday with Latif Blessing heading to the Eastern Conference club.
Blessing was added in a trade with Los Angeles FC in exchange for $400,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money. LAFC could receive additional GAM if certain performance metrics are met.
The 27-year-old leaves LAFC as the club’s all-time leader in games played (145) and minutes played (9,749). He also ranks second in assists (23), and fifth in goals (14) and shots (146). Prior to joining LAFC in the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft, Blessing spent his first MLS season with Sporting Kansas City in 2017.
“Latif Blessing will be a very good addition to our team,” Revolution sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena said. “Latif’s speed and quickness are welcomed characteristics for our midfield. We look forward to his arrival in preseason.”
The Revolution added veteran striker Bobby Wood earlier in the offseason as a free agent signing.
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Nashville SC signs Tyler Freeman to multi-year deal
Nashville SC also added attacking depth on Tuesday in the form of forward Tyler Freeman.
Freeman, 19, signed a four-year contract with Nashville SC after enjoying a career-year in the USL Championship. Freeman scored eight goals in 24 appearances for Loudoun United in the USL and also featured in D.C. United’s U.S. Open Cup match against Flower City Union last April.
A product of the Sporting Kansas City Youth Academy, Freeman became the second youngest player in SKC history to sign an MLS contract at the age of 15. Freeman made 35 appearances for Sporting Kansas City II during his time with the club.
He is a former U.S. youth national team player, featuring for the Under-14, Under-16 and Under-17 national teams.
Austin FC adds Matt Bersano as free agent signing
Austin FC bolstered its goalkeeping ranks on Tuesday with Matt Bersano joining the Western Conference club.
Bersano joined Austin FC on a two-year contract through the end of the 2024 season, with a club option for the 2025 season. The 30-year-old spent the past six years under contract with the San Jose Earthquakes, being loaned out to USL side Reno 1868 for three seasons.
“Having played at Q2 Stadium as a visitor, I have seen first-hand how incredible the energy and atmosphere are on match days and can’t wait to be a part of it,” said Bersano. “Austin FC is an ambitious club with a bright future, and I’ll do everything in my power both on and off the field to help the Club continue to grow in its third year.”
In total, Bersano posted 20 clean sheets in 57 appearances for Reno 1868 as the team qualified for the playoffs in each of his three seasons there. Bersano previously spent time with Seattle Sounders FC 2 after playing collegiately at both Oregon State University and Penn State University.
Bersano joins Brad Stuver and Damian Las as the goalkeepers in Austin FC’s squad.