February 1, 2017
THERE'S A RING TO THIS
NYC FC signs Finnish international midfielder Ring
By Michael Lewis
|Alexander Ring: ďIíve been watching the MLS games they show in Germany on Eurosport and Iíve learned itís a very physical league and maybe an underestimated one."
Photo courtesy of NYC FC
New York City FC bolstered its midfield Wednesday, signing Finland international midfielder Alexander Ring.
Ring, 25, who most recently played with Kaiserslautern in Germany, was acquired by City using Targeted Allocation Money. His signing is pending receipt of his P-1 visa and Internatonal Transfer Certificate.
City head coach Patrick Vieira felt Ring's presence will give his team an international midfielder who is in his prime who excels on both sides of the ball.
ďAt 25, Alexander is a player entering his peak years who has played at a high level over a number of seasons," he said. ďHeís a midfielder who can contribute on both sides of the game, both defensively and offensively and he gives us another great option either at the base of midfield or box-to-box.
ďAlexander has a good engine and is a competitive player which should suit Major League Soccer."
Ring was born in Helsinki, Finland, but spent a good chunk of his childhood in Germany and developed his skills in the VFL Lannesdorf and Bayer Leverkusen youth academies and in Anderlecht (Belgium) and HJK Helsinki back (Finland).
The 5-9, 159-lb. midfielder made his senior debut at Klubi-04 before signing a full professional contract with Helsinki as a 19-year-old in 2010.
He then played two years with Helskini before going on loan at at Borussia Monchengladbach. That convinced FC Kaiserslautern to sign Ring in 2013. He has played in more than 70 games with the side.
ďAs soon as I heard of the interest I was intrigued because I know how big the club is and how well-supported the team is," Ring said. ďIt took a long time to get it done but as soon as I knew about the New York option it was clear for me that I wanted to do it. I had to fight for it hard but Iím so happy.
ďIíve been watching the MLS games they show in Germany on Eurosport and Iíve learned itís a very physical league and maybe an underestimated one. I want to leave my mark Ė I think when the people get to know me they will see Iím a winner and always give 110 percent and fight to win.Ē
Ring has made 42 international appearances. He lone goal came against Luxembourg in March 2013.
ďWe are excited to welcome Alexander to the NYC FC family," City sporting director Claudio Reyna said. "Heís been performing at a high level with FC Kaiserslautern in Germany and is an important player for the Finland national team.
ďAlexander brings important leadership qualities and is passionate about embarking on this new challenge at NYCFC. We look forward to integrating him into the club during the preseason and getting him working with Patrick and the rest of the coaching staff as we continue to build towards the start of the 2017 MLS season.Ē
NYC FC is in preseason training in Jacksonville, Fla.