Alexander Ring will get to see if his dreams of living in New York City were worth the fuss.
New York City FC announced the signing of the 41-times capped Finland international on Wednesday, giving the club an experienced player in his prime.
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Ring, 25, comes from Kaiserslautern in 2.Bundesliga, where he played box-to-box central mid in addition to defensive mid and right mid. The NYCFC web site says he can play as an attack-minded center mid as well.
The selling point for Ring was bringing his family to live in the Big Apple.
“I think you can see the passion when I play. I’m really looking forward to coming to New York. I’ve already got all the stats about the fanbase and how good that is – with 30,000 spectators on average and I can’t wait to play at the Yankee Stadium – it’s an iconic stadium.
“I don’t want to say too much because I want people to make their own picture of me themselves but I think I’m an honest player who gives everything and plays with confidence.”
The move fits with NYCFC’s oft-discussed youth movement. The entire roster is under 30 with the exceptions of Andrea Pirlo, Frederic Brillant and David Villa.