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Red Bulls acquired defender Aurelien Collin from Orlando City

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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) The New York Red Bulls have acquired veteran center back Aurelien Collin from Orlando City SC in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

The Red Bulls announced the deal for the 30-year-old Collin on Friday.

[ MLS: Red Bulls 4-0 FC Dallas ]

Collin, who is from France, was acquired by Orlando City ahead of its inaugural MLS campaign last season. Before that, he spent four years with Sporting Kansas City, where he won the 2013 MLS Cup and was named the MVP of the game.

Collin was named MLS Best XI in 2012 and earned three consecutive MLS All-Star appearances from 2012-2014. He has played professionally in France, Greece, England, Scotland and Portugal.

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 29

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Week 29 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and — stop me if you’ve heard this one before — it was the most MLS weekend of MLS results.

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Five of the weekend’s 10 games were won by road teams (24.3 percent win percentage by road teams in 2015), and six of the league’s top 10 teams lost, including each of the top three teams in the Western Conference, by a combined score of 9-1. That’s MLS.

[ WEEK 29: VAN 0-3 SEA | POR 0-2 RBNYMTL 3-0 NE | DCU 1-2 CLB ]

Sebastian Giovinco bagged two more goals (18 and 19 for the season) and an assist (14), putting him four ahead of Kei Kamara, who picked up one of each (21 and 8) for the league lead of goals and assists combined. Benny Feilhaber found the form that saw him a serious MVP candidate two-thirds of the way through the season (two goals, for 10 on the season), while Luis Robles was busy locking up his second straight Save of the Year award.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

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MLS Team of the Week — Week 29

Goalkeeper: Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

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Defenders: Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders), Aurelien Collin (Orlando City SC), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact)

MLS Defenders

Midfielders: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Tranquillo Barnetta (Philadelphia Union), Ned Grabavoy (New York City FC)

MLS Midfielders

Forwards: Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC), Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), Devon Sandoval (Real Salt Lake)

MLS Forwards

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 15

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Week 15 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and though there were only five games over the weekend — what international window? — we weren’t short of standout performers, or goals, on Saturday and Sunday night.

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David Villa showed Saturday night that, when healthy, he’s still going to be a destructive force to be reckoned with (1 goal, 1 assist), while his NYCFC teammate Kwadwo Poku was busy leaving his fingerprints all over the game despite playing just 15 minutes (1 goal, 1 assist). Elsewhere, Diego Fagundez bagged the undisputed Goal of the Week, and Robbie Rogers was a handful going forward and could have scored a time or two from the left back position.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

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MLS Team of the Week — Week 15

Goalkeeper: Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders)

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Defenders: Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution), Robbie Rogers (LA Galaxy), Aurelien Collin (Orlando City SC), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders)

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Midfielders: Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution), Tony Tchani (Columbus Crew SC), Scott Caldwell (New England Revolution), Kwadwo Poku (New York City FC)

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Forwards: David Villa (New York City FC), Lamar Neagle (Seattle Sounders)

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MLS Team of the Week — Check out the stars of Week 14

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Week 14 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and it did not disappoint for the most part (the obvious exception being that whole business of a scoreless Sunday, but who’s really keeping track?).

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This week’s MLS Team of the Week is full of gaudy goalscoring and assisting numbers. The midfield alone contributed 6 goals and 4 assists in Week 4, while the two forwards chosen each bagged a brace over the weekend.

Without further comment, I present to you my Week 14 MLS Team of the Week.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

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MLS Team of the Week — Week 14

Goalkeeper: Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City)

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Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurelien Collin (Orlando City SC), Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers)

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Midfielders: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Thomas McNamara (New York City FC), Andres Romero (Montreal Impact), David Accam (Chicago Fire)

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Forwards: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers)

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Union’s Zach Pfeffer given 2nd game for elbow, Manneh also suspended

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The MLS disciplinary committee has been busy this week.

While it somewhat shockingly passed over the Perry Kitchen stamp, Philadelphia midfielder Zach Pfeffer received a two-match ban for his vicious elbow to the head of FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz this past weekend.

Pfeffer was already on a yellow at the time, and he flew out of control into Diaz with his elbow held high right in front of the referee. It sent Diaz to the ground almost instantly clutching his head, and the referee saw it clear as day, immediately going to his pocket to send Pfeffer off and signaling that it was for the elbow.

The 20-year-old was also fined an undisclosed amount for the 41st minute incident, plus an additional fine for failing to leave the pitch in a timely and orderly fashion. The sending off automatically incurred a one-match ban, and the disciplinary committee tacked on another for the severity of the incident, which they referred to as “violent conduct.” Here is video of the play:

Also suspended was Vancouver winger Kekuta Manneh, who went two-footed studs up on Orlando City’s Aurelien Collin after a heavy touch allowed the ball to get away from him. Manneh was only given a yellow card in the match (much to the complete and utter shock of Collin) but the disciplinary committee determined that the tackle was “serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent” and they handed down a one-match suspension.