One of the great defenders of MLS is hanging on his cleats

Frenchman Aurelien Colin, who spent 11 seasons in the Major League Soccer, announced his retirement from sports at the age of 36, Thursday.

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In recent years, the center back has become one of Garber’s greatest mentors, bringing his share of experience to the New York Red Bulls for two seasons before ending his trip with three campaigns with Philadelphia Union. It was there that he got his last start, his first in two years, at the Eastern Conference Finals in December.

Colin is best known for his distinguished tenure with Sporting Kansas City. Between 2011 and 2014, he led the club to the MLS Cup and the US Championship. He has appeared in the All-Star Game three times, in addition to being named Team of the Year once.

“Kansas City was my first love and when I arrived at Sporting the whole city welcomed me with open arms,” ​​he said in a statement. Winning the MLS Cup in 2013 is the best moment of my career and something this city and these fans really deserve.”

The European was also a member of the Orlando City squad, part of the expansion team’s first iteration in 2015. He finished his career with 196 MLS appearances, the regular season and the playoffs combined.

Before coming to North America, Colin played in France, Spain, Scotland, Greece, Wales and Portugal.

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