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Union re-sign veteran center back Aurelien Collin

Aurelien Collin will return to the Philadelphia Union on a one-year deal for the 2021 Major League Soccer season.

The Eastern Conference club announced the news on Friday, retaining the veteran center back’s presence for another league season. Collin’s return gives Jim Curtin four center backs to call on this season with Stuart Findlay, Jack Elliott, and Jakob Glesnes also on the books.

“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 was part of the Union’s historic Supporters’ Shield victory in 2020, the second time he’s been part of a Shield winning team (2018 with New York Red Bulls). Prior to signing with the Union in 2019, Collin had played for three additional MLS franchises including Sporting KC, Orlando City, and the Red Bulls.

He is a former MLS Cup Champion and MLS Cup MVP (both 2013 with SKC). He has also won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2012, the same season he was named to the MLS Best XI. Additionally, Collin was an MLS All-Star in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Prior to MLS, 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 first division.

Collin has only made seven appearances in Philadelphia, but brings a veteran presence in the locker room.

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