Earlier today, NYCFC announced they have traded Alexander Ring to newly founded Austin FC. Austin FC will begin their career as a club in the 2021 MLS season. Ring was a key player for the boys in blue ever since he arrived in 2017.
Who won the trade, and how will it affect both clubs? Here are my takeaways.
Ring’s Contributions to The Club
Alexander (Alex) Ring was a star player for the club and always gave it his all. Earning the nickname “ringleader”, the finish native worked his way up from transfer day, to captaining the club for two seasons and helping New York reach the quarter-finals of the MLS Cup in 2018 and the MLS is Back Tournament in 2020. In his four year career with the citizens, the 29-year-old played as a central midfielder (CM), scoring 10 goals along with providing 13 assists. Ring was a key player for the squad and NYCFC must now make a decision on who they will bring in, using the international squad role they acquired from the Portland Timbers.
Who Won The Trade?
By sending the club’s former captain to Austin FC, New York will receive a guaranteed amount of $750,000, with $500,000 in 2021 general allocation money and $250,000 in 2022 GAM, and an additional $500,000 if certain performance-based incentives are met. Austin FC won this trade because they received a great player for their future as a squad. As a result, NYCFC will now need to scout abroad in order to replace their once marquee player.