The New York Red Bulls addressed a need at center back on Friday, trading a draft pick to Orlando City for French veteran Aurelien Collin.
Collin, 30, won an MLS Cup MVP award with Sporting Kansas City and joins a Red Bulls club that has conceded an MLS-worst 17 goals in eight matches. The Red Bulls sent a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft to complete the trade.
“We are excited to add Aurelien to our club,” Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis said in a club statement. “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.”
Collin, who won the 2013 MLS Cup and 2012 U.S. Open Cup with Sporting KC, won't come cheap, as he made a guaranteed $525,000 last season, according to the most recent MLS Players Union documents.
The Red Bulls return to action on Friday night at home against FC Dallas.