Three key cogs of New York City FC (NYCFC) have agreed to long-term contracts that will keep the players in the Bronx beyond the 2018 season.
Alex Callens, Sean Johnson and Alex Ring will remain in the power blue of the Bronx-based club for several seasons to come, the club announced on Thursday. Claudio Reyna, the club’s sporting director, said the signings are a critical development in the ongoing sustainability of the team. Specifics on each player’s deal were not announced, but the MLS side said that each will remain with the team beyond 2019.
“All three are entering the prime years of their careers, so it’s fantastic to keep consistency and stability within the team,” Reyna said. “It’s exciting news for all of us to tie them down to long-term deals.”
The trio started their NYCFC careers in 2017 and each has left their mark on the team. Callens became the team’s iron man beginning March 5, 2017, began a streak of 3,585 consecutive minutes in the league and has appeared in 65 matches to date.
Johnson has been a steadying force in goal for the Cityzens. In 2017, he matched his career high in clean sheets with seven and this season-to-date has recorded 10 clean sheets for the club that has qualified for the post-season for the third straight year. In July, Johnson broke club records by going 396 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal, which included four clean sheets.
Alex Ring in 2018 became the fifth NYCFC player to be selected to an MLS All-Star team. Known league-wide for solidifying the backbone of the City squad, the Finnish midfielder has shown his versatility by playing as a make-shift center back at times as well as scoring two goals playing in more forward positions.