FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution midfielder Latif Blessing and defender Dave Romney have both been signed to two-year contracts through the 2024 season, with an additional one-year club option for 2025, using Targeted Allocation Money.
Blessing, 26, owns 170 regular season appearances, 17 goals, and 24 assists, with five more starts in the MLS Cup Playoffs. A native of Accra, Ghana, Blessing played in 30 games for Los Angeles FC in 2022 en route to the MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield titles. In 2019, he helped the ‘Black and Gold’ win their first Supporters’ Shield title by setting career highs in appearances (34), goals (6), and assists (6). Originally selected by LAFC in the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft, Blessing departed LAFC as the club’s all-time leader in games played (145) and minutes played (9,749).
Romney, 29, has amassed 171 league appearances, 155 starts, seven goals, and 13 assists across more than 14,000 minutes played in MLS, with six additional postseason starts. Romney was one of Nashville ironmen over the last two seasons, missing just four total regular season games since signing with the expansion side in 2020. In 2020, Nashville’s inaugural season, Romney played every minute helping anchor a Nashville defense that set a new MLS expansion team record for shutout minutes in the playoffs with 309.
The Revolution have commenced training at the Socios.com Training Center in Foxborough as the 2023 MLS preseason is now underway. New England will travel to Florida on January 29, where the team will play a five-game preseason slate against MLS opposition. New England then begins the 2023 MLS Regular Season on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Charlotte FC (7:30 p.m. ET), before the home opener on Saturday, March 4 vs. Houston Dynamo FC at Gillette Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET). Every Revolution and MLS match airs on MLS Season Pass – all in one place, with no blackouts.
MLS Season Pass: MLS Season Pass will launch on February 1, 2023 – introducing an unprecedented subscription service to fans that features every live MLS and Leagues Cup match, as well as hundreds of MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT games. MLS Season Pass will be available on billions of devices through the Apple TV app Apple TV app on Apple devices, smart TVs, streaming devices, set-top boxes, and game consoles, and on the web at tv.apple.com.
Starting February 1, fans can subscribe to MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app for $14.99 per month during the season or $99 per season, and Apple TV+ subscribers can sign up at a special price of $12.99 per month and $79 per season. As an exclusive benefit of their full-season membership, New England Revolution Season Members will receive one MLS Season Pass subscription with each account. Visit Revolutionsoccer.net or call 1-877-GET-REVS to learn more about becoming a Season Member.
TRANSACTIONS: New England Revolution sign midfielder Latif Blessing and defender Dave Romney through the 2024 MLS season using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), with additional one-year options for 2025, on Jan. 17, 2023.
Latif Blessing at a Glance:
- Right-footed midfielder departed LAFC as the club’s all-time leader in games played and minutes, while ranking second in assists, and fifth in both goals and shots.
- With LAFC, won the 2022 MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield titles in 2019 and 2022.
- Finals experience spans the MLS Cup Playoffs, Concacaf Champions League, and U.S. Open Cup.
- Led Sporting Kansas City to the 2017 U.S. Open Cup title with three goals in the tournament, including a tally in the final.
- Led Ghana Premier League in scoring with 17 goals for the Liberty Professionals in first senior season.
Dave Romney at a Glance:
- Entering ninth MLS season with 171 league appearances, and 155 starts, to his credit with Nashville SC and LA Galaxy.
- Starting center back for Nashville SC during the club’s first three MLS seasons, starting 90 MLS games from 2020-22, including playoffs.
- In 2015, became the first player to ascend from LA Galaxy II to sign an MLS contract with the first team.
- California native played collegiately at University of San Francisco.