by DAVE MARTINEZ
One of the most influential members of the 2016 New York Red Bulls will return to the fold for 2017.
The franchise announced this morning that veteran French defender Aurelien Collin will continue his stay in New York. Details of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to bring Aurelien back for 2017,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis. “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 resign him.”
Collin was acquired via trade from Orlando City last season. As part of the deal, Orlando paid 40-50% of the player’s wages, making him an affordable and effectual pick up for the Red Bulls. The 30-year-old centerback made 23 appearances with the first team, notching two assists during his time. More importantly, he became a vital cog to the team’s defense, leading them to a franchise best 21-game unbeaten run.