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MLS Ticker: Dos Santos called up to Mexico squad, NYCFC makes signing and more

Photo by Thomas B. Shea/USA Today Sports

Photo by Thomas B. Shea/USA Today Sports

The American players based in Major League Soccer aren’t the only ones getting called up for friendlies during the preseason. Giovani dos Santos was named to the Mexico squad for El Tri’s February 8 friendly against Iceland.

Dos Santos is the only player outside of Liga MX to be called into Juan Carlos Osorio’s 23-man squad for the friendly at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

The match against the fan-favorite side from Euro 2016 is in preparation for Mexico’s pair of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches in March against Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago.

NYCFC bring in Finnish midfielder

The influx of Scandinavian players to MLS continued on Wednesday, as NYCFC brought in Finnish midfielder Alexander Ring from Kaiserslautern in Germany.

“I’ve been watching the MLS games they show in Germany on Eurosport and I’ve learned it’s a very physical league and maybe an underestimated one,” Ring said.

“He’s a midfielder who can contribute on both sides of the game, both defensively and offensively and he gives us another great option either at the base of midfield or box-to-box,” NYCFC manager Patrick Vieira said.

Ring has 42 caps for Finland, and he was at Kaiserslautern since 2013. He previously played for HJK Helsinki and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Froese leaves Vancouver for Germany

One of the top prospects in the Vancouver Whitecaps stable departed for Europe on Wednesday. Homegrown midfielder Kianz Froese was transferred to Fortuna Dusseldorf in the 2.Bundesliga.

The 20-year-old made 15 appearances over two seasons for the Whitecaps. He also added four goals and an assist at the USL level for Whitecaps II.

“We thank Kianz for his contributions to the club and wish him all the best with Fortuna Düsseldorf,” Whitecaps boss Carl Robinson said. “This is a good opportunity for Kianz to continue his development both on and off the pitch. This move will also open a pathway for our young midfield players who are ready to compete for minutes.”

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