Waking up on Thursday morning (UK time), Twitter was awash with the news that Orlando City SC are parting ways with Aurélien Collin who will be joining New York Red Bulls.
As confirmed by Brian Lewis of the New York Post, Jesse March’s Red Bulls are acquiring the French centre back in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2017 draft.
The Lions will also receive half of Collin’s salary with the 30-year-old having made $500,000 in base income in 2015.
A source within Orlando City SC claimed the club: “Will assume a decent chunk of Collin’s salary.
“He was acquired at the modest cost of a conditional fourth-round draft pick.”
Despite inflicting a 3-1 defeat on Adrian Heath’s side in gameweek 8, New York Red Bulls still sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference table on just six points.
Having of course lost Matt Miazga to the Premier League and Chelsea in January, the New Jersey-based side have also experienced injury troubles with both Gideon Baah and Damien Perrinelle so the move for Collin comes as something of a necessity.
Racking up 29 appearances as a Lion while scoring two goals in the process, Orlando City UK wishes Aurélien Collin the very best of luck as he embarks on this next phase of his career at Red Bull Arena.