LAFC select Tico striker, young prospects in 2017 MLS Expansion Draft

On Tuesday, LAFC continued building their roster with an eye towards their inaugural season in 2018 as they selected five players in the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft. Find out more about the five players below.

1. Tyler Miller

Goalkeeper — Drafted from Seattle Sounders

Tyler Miller was the backup goalkeeper for the Seattle Sounders over the past two seasons. The 24-year-old made two regular season appearances with the club and added another one in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, starting the first leg against the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Championship.

2. Latif Blessing

Forward — Drafted from Sporting Kansas City

Latif Blessing is a diminutive, quick attacking piece who joined Sporting Kansas City prior to the 2017 season. The Ghanian scored three goals during the regular season for Sporting, and added three more in U.S. Open Cup play as he helped his club win the trophy. He recently received his green card meaning he will not occupy an international roster slot for U.S.-based MLS clubs.

3. Marco Ureña

Forward — Drafted from San Jose Earthquakes

The Costa Rican forward, Marco Ureña, became a villain for USA fans after he scored both goals in the Ticos' 2-0 win against the US in Hexagonal Qualifying last September. The 27-year-old forward scored five goals for the Earthquakes in 2017, including the goal that sent the Quakes through to the playoffs on Decision Day.

4. Jukka Raitala*

Defender — Drafted from Columbus Crew SC

Jukka Raitala is a Finnish left back who joined Columbus prior to the 2017 season. The 29-year-old played 1,920 minutes for Crew SC, and added two more appearances in the playoffs under Gregg Berhalter.

5. Raheem Edwards*

Defender/Midfielder — Drafted from Toronto FC

Raheem Edwards is a versatile, young player who was a contributor for a Toronto FC team that recently became the first to win the treble in MLS history. Originally a forward, the 22-year-old has proven he can play almost any wide position on the field including left wingback.

* = Raitala and Edwards were later traded to the Montreal Impact for center back Laurent Ciman

Los Angeles Football Club
ROSTERED PLAYERS (as of Dec. 12, 2017):

GK (1): Tyler Miller
DEF (3): Laurent Ciman (INT'L), Omar Gaber (INT'L), Walker Zimmerman
MID (1): Carlos Alvarez
FWD (5): Latif Blessing, Bassey Etim (INT'L), Rodrigo Pacheco (INT'L), Marco Urena (INT'L), Carlos Vela (DP, INT'L)

DESIGNATED PLAYERS (DP): Carlos Vela
HOMEGROWN PLAYERS (HG): --
INT'L ROSTER SPOTS FILLED (INT'L): 5
GENERATION ADIDAS PLAYERS (GA): --

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