Finland international Alexander Ring joins NYCFC from Kaiserslautern

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The 25-year-old gives Patrick Vieira another option in central midfield following the retirement of Andoni Iraola.

New York City FC has acquired Finland international Alexander Ring from Kaiserslautern, the MLS side announced Wednesday.

Ring previously played for HJK Helsinki and Borussia Monchengladbach before joining Kaiserslautern in 2013. NYCFC used targeted allocation money to sign the 25-year-old from the 2. Bundesliga side.

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"As soon as I heard of the interest I was intrigued because I know how big the club is and how well supported the team is," Ring told NYCFC's website. "It took a long time to get it done, but as soon as I knew about the New York option it was clear for me that I wanted to do it. I had to fight for it hard but I’m so happy.

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"I’ve been watching the MLS games they show in Germany on Eurosport and I’ve learned it’s a very physical league and maybe an underestimated one. I want to leave my mark — I think when the people get to know me they will see I’m a winner and always give 110 percent and fight to win."

Capped 42 times by Finland, Ring provides NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira with an option to fill the void left in central midfield by the retirement of Andoni Iraola earlier this offseason.

"He’s a midfielder who can contribute on both sides of the game, both defensively and offensively, and he gives us another great option either at the base of midfield or box to box," Vieira said. "Alexander has a good engine and is a competitive player which should suit Major League Soccer."

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