HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Kaiserslautern on February 1, 2017.
Ring is a player entering his peak years who has played at a high level over a number of seasons in Europe. He’s a midfielder who can contribute on both sides of the game, both defensively and offensively and he should give NYFC another great option either at the base of midfield or box-to-box.
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.