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January 4, 2017
Collin re-signs with the Red Bulls

Aurelien Collin patrol the backline at center back for the Red Bulls.
Aurelien Collin patrol the backline at center back for the Red Bulls.
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It's official. The Red Bulls have re-signed center back Aurelien Collin, the club announced Wednesday morning.

Acquired in a trade with Orlando City SC last year, Collin was out of contract at the end of the season.

"We are pleased to bring Aurelien back for 2017," Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis said in a statement. "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, 30, made 23 Major League Soccer appearances and contributed two assists in 2016 after being acquired from Orlando City last April.

A native of Enghien-les-Bains, France, Collin has played in 160 MLS regular season appearances over six seasons. He has scored 13 goals and added five assists. He has also played in 13 MLS [playoff matches.

Collin played four years with Sporting Kansas City as the team 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 league all-star appearances from 2012-2014.

He was named MLS Cup MVP in 2013 after scoring the equalizing goal and converting the final penalty kicks as Kansas City won 7-6 in a shootout after playing Real Salt Lake a 1-1 draw.

Collin also has played professionally in France, Greece, England, Scotland and Portugal.
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