New York City FC fans are undoubtedly still reeling from the club’s dramatic loss to Tigres UANL on Tuesday night which eliminated them from the CONCACAF Champions League. To make matters worse, the team will be losing a key player for the 2021 season.
In a shock move that came with no warning, NYCFC announced today that they had traded team captain Alexander Ring to the newly formed Austin FC in exchange for $1.25 million in General Allocation Money (GAM).
Farewell, Ringleader— New York City FC (@NYCFC) December 17, 2020
The Ringleader has spent four seasons in the Bronx where his commanding of the No. 6 position as well as his intense demeanor quickly endeared him to New York City fans and lead to him gaining the captain’s armband in 2019.
After arriving to the club in 2017 from FC Kaiserslautern in Germany, Ring amassed 113 appearances with NYCFC. During that time, he scored 10 goals and logged 13 assists as well.
Ring’s dedication to the club was unwavering, as the Finnish import retired from international play in 2018 in order to be closer to his family and limit travel while playing in America.
While the Ringleader will be dearly missed by supporters, it’s important to note that NYCFC still have plenty in the way of options when it comes to the defensive midfield in 2021. While Keaton Parks has become a key part of the team’s midfield as the No. 8, James Sands has consistently proven that he’s ready to be an everyday starter for City at the defensive midfielder position. And despite not having much game time under his belt, Nicolas “Cacha” Acevedo has all the makings of an exceptional No. 6 with great playmaking abilities.
Receiving over $1 million in cash from Austin FC should also bode well for New York City as they look to build a strong squad in 2021. Don’t forget — they still have two DP slots to fill!
On behalf of everyone here at Hudson River Blue, we thank Alex for four great seasons in the Bronx. We know you’ll do great in Texas. Be well, my captain!