The Red Bulls addressed an area of concern by acquiring experienced defender Aurelien Collin from Orlando City this morning.

By Jamie Martin

After the departure of Matt Miazga, there have been many question marks surrounding the New York Red Bulls defense.

Many of those question marks still remain, but could be eased by the arrival of Frenchman Aurelien Collin.

This morning, it was announced by both clubs that Collin was headed to the Red Bulls for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2017 SuperDraft.

Collin, who began his career in his native country of France, has been in the MLS since 2011. He spent his first few years at Sporting Kansas City, then moved to Orlando upon their entry into Major League Soccer.

A former MLS Cup MVP, the defender will look to bring experience and a sense of calmness to an unstable Red Bull back line. Shaky defending has become a big issue as a playoff spot is slowly becoming out of reach. To improve their position in the Eastern Conference standings, the Red Bulls will need Collin to step up right away.

“We are excited to add Aurelien to our club,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis. “He is an excellent competitor and a veteran player that can strengthen our defense. We feel that his experience can also play an important role in helping us achieve our goals this season.”

The club faces a vital home match against FC Dallas tonight but Collin will not feature having only been officially acquired earlier today.

 

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