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New York City FC trio sign new multi-year deals

Alex Ring joined teammates Sean Johnson and Alexander Callens with new long-term deals to remain with New York City FC Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

They joined the club together in 2017 and on Thursday a vital part of the New York City FC spine agreed to new multi-year contracts to stay with the club.

Goalkeeper Sean Johnson, central defender Alexander Callens and midfielder Alex Ring will remain with NYCFC for the long term. Terms of their contracts were not revealed.

“All three are entering the prime years of their careers, so it’s fantastic to keep consistency and stability within the team,” Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said. “It’s exciting news for all of us to tie them down to long-term deals.”

Johnson is in his second season with City after spending his first seven years as a professional with the Chicago Fire. 

“I knew that once I played my first game with the club, it was somewhere I wanted to be for a very long time,” Johnson said. “With us three going forward, the expectations is always to lift trophies. I think us three kind of embody that and we want to spread that.”

The Atlanta native recorded a season high nine saves in the 2-1 win at San Jose in the first month of the season. The 29-year old has a career high 10 clean sheets in 2018 and in July broke the club record with 396 minutes without conceding a goal.

Callens, a recent call up by the Peru National Team, had a streak of 3585 consecutive minutes ended in a mid-April home match when the 26-year old was replaced after 75 minutes in a 4-0 rout of Real Salt Lake.

“I am very happy, very happy that the club has confidence in me and I think the only way to repay that is to work at 100% and give it my all,” Callens said.

Callens has three goals in his 62 appearances (all starts) including the equalizer in Patrick Vieira’s final match as coach of the club – a 1-1 home draw against Atlanta United.

Ring, who signed his first professional contract as a 19-year old with his hometown club Helsinki in Finland, recently announced his retirement from international competition. His sole soccer focus is now with NYCFC.

“Just like I said once I signed here for the first time, I don’t do a lot of talking outside of the pitch, I try to do it on the field,” Ring said. “I am maybe not the most technical guy, but they know I’m going to play my heart out on the pitch.”

The popular Ring was named the NYCFC newcomer of the year in 2017 and has contributed his only two career MLS goals in 2018 – a golazo equalizer in Atlanta and the recent game-winner versus Chicago that clinched a playoff bid for New York City.

 

 

 

 

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