If you’re keeping score at home, NYCFC’s offseason signings include two Seans, two Alexanders, and two “other.” So, meet Alexander Number Two: Finland international Alexander Ring, to be exact, whose signing from 2.Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern was confirmed by the club this morning.
Targeted allocation money was used to acquire the player, who was set to be out of contract this summer. As sporting director Claudio Reyna said in today’s official release:
“We are excited to welcome Alexander to the NYCFC family. He’s been performing at a high level with FC Kaiserslautern in Germany and is an important player for the Finland national team. Alexander brings important leadership qualities and is passionate about embarking on this new challenge at NYCFC.”
Added gaffer Patrick Vieira: “He had a real desire to play for this club and be a part of the project at New York City, so we’re really happy to have him onboard for 2017.”
Ring figures to get a long, hard look in the deep midfield for the Bronx Blues, who bid farewell to their only two options at the position, Andoni Iraola and Federico Bravo, following the end of the 2016 campaign. With the added ability to play a rugged box-to-box role, NYCFC’s new boy will also be relied upon to pick up slack for Mikey Lopez, who is set to miss three to four months recovering from ankle surgery.
(Forgive us for “going there,” but it may be that Alexander Ring is the Mix Diskerud that New York City never had: a guy who can run for days and act as a critical link between defense and attack, cutting lanes and redirecting the ball to the sharpshooters.)
But no matter what his role turns out to be in the famous Etihad shirt, Ring is raring to go.
“It 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 I’m so happy,” the player told NYCFC.com. “I’ve been watching the MLS games they show in Germany on Eurosport and I’ve learned it’s a very physical league and maybe an underestimated one.”
“I want to leave my mark – I think when the people get to know me they will see I’m a winner and always give 110% and fight to win.”
Indeed— why keep it 100 when you can keep it 110?
Welcome to the club, Alex.