HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Kaiserslautern on February 1, 2017.
Ring joined NYCFC last season in the peak years of his career. He’s a midfielder with experience in high level European competition who can contribute on both sides of the game. Making 29 starts in 2017, he is great option for Patrick Vieira's starting XI this year as well.
INTERNATIONAL: At international level, Ring made his debut for Finland in June 2011 against Sweden before cementing himself as a regular in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. As of Feb. 1, 2017, Alexander has won 42 Finland caps, scoring once against Luxembourg in March, 2013.
OUTSIDE MLS: Although he was born in Helsinki, Alexander spent a substantial period of his childhood in Germany and developed as a player in the youth academies at VFL Lannesdorf and Bayer Leverkusen, as well as Anderlecht in Belgium and HJK Helsinki back in Finland. He made his senior debut at Klubi-04 before signing a full professional contract at the age of 19 back at Helsinki in 2010. Following two years in the Helsinki first-team, a year-long loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach convinced FC Kaiserslautern to take Ring to Germany on a full-time basis in 2013 and he’s been there since, making more than 70 league appearances.