Austin FC has taken on New York City FC midfielder Alex Ring for up to $ 1.25 million in allocation money when performance-based incentives are achieved, it was announced on Thursday

It would be the largest award ever made for a non-US international in MLS history

Ring, the 29-year-old defensive midfielder, is meeting again with the sports director of Austin FC, Claudio Reyna, who signed him before 2017 as the sports director of NYCFC from Kaiserslautern

“We’re very excited to add Alex to our roster. He is a highly respected MLS player who can play in multiple positions,” Reyna said in a statement. “He has been a key piece in one for the past four to five years of the best MLS teams He sets a high standard in training and is someone who is a top professional Alex will be a great addition to our club ”

“I’m looking forward to this new challenge and opportunity with Austin,” added Ring, “It’s exciting to be part of something from the start I’ve made progress with the stadium and St David’s Performance Center and the city and club hype I can’t wait to join my teammates and meet our fans “

New York City FC to receive GAM 500 in 2021000 USD and 2022 GAM 250000 USD, plus 500000 USD if certain performance-based incentives are met for the former Finland international

Ring has been a regular starter in his four seasons at NYCFC, with 10 goals and 13 assists in 113 regular season appearances, and received an MLS All-Star nod in 2018 before the 2019 season, where he was named the club’s captain

During the 2020 season, Ring was moved from its usual place as No. 1 offsets 6 where James Sands thrived to meet a need on the left wing

“To the supporters, you are amazing as a player we play for you and I will miss every single one of you. It was an honor to run your club and I gave everything I had with every game” #NYCFC ImageTwittercom / usuhgs5ZiY

“Alex was one of the most important signings in our history. He raised the level of the team from his first moment at NYCFC and has been an integral part of our club, which has consistently performed well over the past four seasons,” said David Lee , NYCFC Sporting Director, in a statement “He had one of the best periods of his career with us and it is no coincidence that we as a club have been very consistent in the regular MLS season during this time”

“Losing an Alex ‘quality player is never easy, but in a league with salary caps we have tough decisions to make in finding ways to improve the team and we believe the significant offer will bring us in able to improve the squad in 2021″Some of our younger midfield talents continued to show in 2020 that they are ready to take on even bigger roles and we look forward to their further development”

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