Philadelphia, PA — The Philadelphia Union announced today that they have signed center back Aurelien Collin.
Collin is a 32-year-old defender who started his MLS career with Sporting Kansas City in 2011. He has since had a stint in Orlando City, and most recently spent the last two years in New York with the Red Bulls.
Over the course of his MLS career, Collin has scored 11 goals, racked up 5 assists. He played on the 2013 Kansas City championship squad, earning the MLS Cup MVP. In 2012 he was selected to the MLS Best XI team. Prior to arriving in the MLS, he played all across Europe with seasons in Scotland, Greece, England, and Portugal. The French native has a green card so he will not count as an international player for the Union.
The Union bringing on a veteran defender comes as no surprise given how young it’s back four is. He gives the Union another natural center back, along with Jack Elliot. He likely won’t start, but with Matt Real and Mark McKenzie both real possibilities to make the U20 World Cup squad in May, depth will become very important very quickly for the Union.
Collier hasn’t played a lot in recent years, and it’s clear his glory days are behind him, but he is a solid signing for the Union and although contract details haven’t been announced, he likely will not absorb too much of the team's war chest. He played a total of 7 games with the Red Bull last year, and as long as he isn’t pressed into playing much more than that he will be a good addition to the team.
He gives the Union their first natural bald player since Connor Casey’s departure after the 2015 season.
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