CHESTER, Pa. – Aurelien Collin didn’t have to go very far to find his next club. He is now a member of the Philadelphia Union.
The former Red Bulls center back signed with the Major League Soccer club, it was announced Tuesday morning.
The 32-year-old Collin is a former MLS Cup champion and MLS Cup MVP, both achieved in 2013 with Sporting Kansas City. He won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2012 and also was named MLS Best XI that season. He helped the Red Bulls win the Supporters Shield last year, and was an MLS all-star in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
“Aurelien is an incredibly decorated player who adds important leadership and veteran qualities to our locker room, particularly with our young defenders,” Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said. “His ledger of trophies and accomplishments speak for themselves. He knows what it takes to win in this league and we look forward to welcoming him to our club.”
Known for his hard, physical play, the 6-2, 169-pound, Collin has spent the last eight years of his career in Major League Soccer, most recently with the Red Bulls, with whom he played since 2016. He began his MLS career in 2011 with Sporting Kansas City, where he made 107 appearances over four seasons and was named an MLS all-star three times (2012, 2013, 2014). In 2012, Collin helped SKC win the Open Cup and was named MLS Best XI after a year that saw him notch three goals and one assist in 29 regular-season appearances.
One year later, Collin was a part of the 2013 MLS Cup champions, scoring the game-tying goal in the 76th minute of the final vs. Real Salt Lake. He converted a penalty in the resulting shootout that saw SKC win the club’s second title.
Prior to the 2015 season, Collin was traded to Orlando City SC and was part of that club’s inaugural roster. He played parts of two years for the Lions before being traded to the Red Bulls in early 2016. Hee has made 176 MLS regular-season appearances with an additional 13 postseason games. He has scored 13 regular-season goals.
Collin spent time in the academies of both Sedan and Amiens in his native France, as well as with Spanish outfit RCD Mallorca. He signed his first senior deal ahead of the 2007-08 season with Scottish Premier League side Gretna FC. In 2008, Collin joined Greek club Panserraikos, followed by Welsh club Wrexham FC and then Vitoria Setubal of the Portuguese topflight.