The addition of Aurelien Collin to New York Red Bulls back four in 2016 served to tighten the team’s defense and proved to be a key factor in the side finishing the season as MLS Eastern Conference regular season champions.
On Wednesday, New York officially brought back Collin, signing him to a new contract. He joined Red Bulls in April following a trade with Orlando City SC and made 23 appearances contributing two assists.
“We are pleased to bring Aurelien back for 2017,” said Ali Curtis, Red Bulls Sporting Director. “Aurelien was an excellent trade last year and he played a pivotal role for us. Many teams were after him so we are all the more happy that we were able to re-sign him.”
On his Instagram account, Collin said, “So happy to announce that I signed a new contract with New York Red Bulls. A dream come true to rep #nyisRed. Feel very blessed.”
A native of Enghien-les-Bains, France, Collin has made 160 MLS regular season appearances over six seasons, recording 13 goals and five assists. He has appeared in 13 MLS Cup Playoff matches and prior to his time with Orlando spent four years with Sporting Kansas City where he won the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and 2013 MLS Cup.
Collin was named MLS Best XI in 2012, and earned three consecutive MLS All-Star appearances from 2012-2014. He was named MLS Cup MVP in 2013 after scoring the game-tying goal and putting away the final penalty as Kansas City won 7-6 on PKs after a 1-1 draw.
Prior to joining MLS in 2011, Collin played professionally in France, Greece, England, Scotland and Portugal.