HOW ACQUIRED: Traded from NYCFC in exchange for $500,000 in 2021 GAM and $250,000 in 2022 GAM with an additional $500,000 if certain performance-based incentives are met on Dec. 17, 2020
Ring is a solid ball-winner and distributor who forged a reputation as one of the league's top defensive midfielders. He also showcased his leadership as the NYCFC captain and versatility by slotting in as a left winger at times during the 2020 season.
INTERNATIONAL: Ring made his debut for Finland in June 2011 against Sweden before cementing himself as a regular in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. Ring had 44 Finland caps, scoring twice before announcing his international retirement.
OUTSIDE MLS: Although he was born in Helsinki, Ring 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.
NOTES: MLS All-Star (2018)