New York City FC have named Alex Ring captain heading into the 2019 season, an honor previously held only by David Villa in franchise history.
"I'm immensely proud to be the Captain of this team and of this Club, it's an honor," the 27-year-old Finnish midfielder said in a statement released Thursday. "You have a certain responsibility for the team. It's your job to rally up the troops and get them ready for the games."
Ring has worn the armband at various times since joining NYCFC in 2017. He has appeared in 59 games (58 starts), tallying two goals and four assists while helping the club reach the postseason in back-to-back campaigns.
In 2018, Ring was selected for the MLS All-Star Game and started for the MLS League side against Italian champion Juventus.
"Alex is an incredible leader for our team both on the pitch and in the locker room," head coach Domenec Torrent said. "He's the perfect professional and has earned the trust of his teammates since day one at the Club. It's a big moment for him and one he deserves."
Villa, who captained the team through its first four seasons, signed with the Japanese club Vissel Kobe in December.