The effect David Villa’s departure from New York City FC spans way beyond his performance on the pitch. The legendary Spaniard was also the club’s inaugural captain and was responsible leading the Blues into battle whenever he was available to play.
In 2019, a new leader will have to step up. And NYCFC has announced who they think is best qualified for the job.
Earlier today, the club revealed on their Twitter profile that the beloved Alexander Ring will be the primary captain this season onward.
Ring has been with NYCFC since just prior to the 2017 season after transferring from German side 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Almost immediately upon his arrival, Ring began building a reputation for being a hard-as-nails force in the defensive midfield and displaying leadership qualities, as well as being one of the best midfielders in the league. Ring’s play garnered enough attention to make him an MVP candidate towards the end of 2017, as well as an all-star in 2018.
Just months ago, the Finnish international made a long-term commitment to playing in New York after signing a brand new multi-year contract with NYCFC. To help facilitate the move, Ring also retired from Finland’s national team due to the travel.
“I want to win the cup, especially now that I am captain. Anyone that joins our team knows that. It should be the mentality of the fans, the players, everyone in the club. We play for titles. In the end, that’s the only thing that matters. I don’t want to play for nothing.” pic.twitter.com/gqPAXmQGls— New York City FC (@NYCFC) February 7, 2019
This is why I love this move: Ring is a man who obviously has found a home in the five boroughs and plays for the badge every time out. In case you haven’t noticed, the Finn is one of the better midfielders in all of the league. And to have someone like him willing to retire from international play and help guide this team to a championship is awe-inspiring.
Congrats, Alex! Glad to have you lead us into the future.