CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union announced Friday that the club has reached an agreement on a new contract with veteran defender Aurelien Collin.
Collin, a former Red Bulls center back and former MLS Cup champion and three-time Major League Soccer all-star, joined the Union as a free agent prior to the 2019 season. After his leadership and guidance helped bring home the club’s first Supporters’ Shield in 2020, Collin has signed a one-year contract.
“We are pleased to have come to an agreement with Aurelien and welcome him back to our roster for the 2021 season,” said Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner. “His veteran presence has been invaluable for the club and we appreciate the guidance and knowledge he brings to our young team.”
Collin, 35, performed on the Red Bulls’ 2018 Supporters’ shield side.
He has spread his career across several MLS clubs: Red Bulls (2016-2018), Orlando City SC (2015-2016), and Sporting Kansas City (2011-2014). He is a former MLS Cup champion and MLS Cup MVP (both 2013, Sporting Kansas City). He has also won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2012, the same season he was named to the MLS Best XI. Collin was an MLS all-star in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Prior to MLS, Collin spent time in the academies of 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.