- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Sporting Kansas City acquired forward Christian Volesky from Portland for a fourth-round draft pick and signed winger Latif Blessing from the Ghana Premier League during a series of moves Monday.

The 24-year-old Volesky, who spent the past two seasons with Rochester in the United Soccer League, is on a one-year contract with options for the next three years.

The 20-year-old Blessing, who was playing for the Liberty Professionals in his native Ghana, is signed through the 2019 season with an option for 2020. He made his debut in the African nation’s top level this season and scored 17 goals to earn player of the year honors.

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said the MLS club has been scouting Lessing for months and that “the thing we love about him is that he is young but with a lot of upside.”

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