New York City FC have named Alex Ring club captain, the second in their history following David Villa's departure to Vissel Kobe after 2018. 

Ring joined the club in 2017 and immediately became an integral part of the club. He has featured in 59 games, helping lead the club to the postseason in back-to-back years.

“I’m immensely proud to be the Captain of this team and of this Club, it’s an honor.” Ring said in a statement. “You have a certain responsibility for the team. It’s your job to rally up the troops and get them ready for the games.”

Ring's leadership has been evident since he made his debut with NYCFC and has received the armband occasionally over the last two seasons when Villa has been unavailable. 

“Alex is an incredible leader for our team both on the pitch and in the locker room," head coach Dome Torrent said. "He’s the perfect professional and has earned the trust of his teammates since day one at the Club. It’s a big moment for him and one he deserves.”

Ring and NYCFC open their season on March 2 against Orlando City SC.