2015 in Review Day 12 of 40: Aurelien Collin

There are 40 days between the first day of the 2015 MLS playoffs on October 28 and the MLS championship on December 6. Orlando City may not be in the playoffs this year, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the year that was 2015 and the highs and lows. In addition, I'll be including my evaluation of each player from the first team roster.

Day 12: Aurelien Collin 2015 in Review

Over the next few days, I'll review the season statistics for each player on the 2015 Orlando City first team. We'll look at some key metrics, key moments, and my expectations for 2016. These posts are in alphabetical order, so next up is Aurelien Collin.

Aurelien Collin headshot (c) MLS.com; MLS.com retains all copyright to this image.
Games Played28Shots10
Games Started27Shots on Goal3
Minutes2407Yellow Cards2
Assists1Red Cards1

2015 Summary: It did not take long for Aurelien Collin to establish himself as an Orlando City fan favorite. Not only is he stylish and suave off the pitch, but he is one of the most energetic and exciting defenders on the squad during matches. Collin was one of the most decorated veterans that Orlando City acquired, being a 3-time MLS All Star with Sporting KC.

Collin has an exciting and very physical style of play, being unafraid to make aggressive tackles to win the ball and seems to relish the opportunity to pester opponents with both subtle and blatant physical contact. One of the most memorable matches of the year came against Sporting KC, where he and KC forward Dom Dwyer spent as much time pushing off of each other as opposing linemen in an NFL game. 

Collin's presence was also a boon to the young and rotating Orlando City defensive line throughout 2015, as he was very vocal and active in directing the younger and less experienced players throughout matches. Defense was a weak point for Orlando City throughout most of the season, and I thought that was because the lineup changed so much; but by the end of the season it was clear the defense was playing much better and letting far fewer attacks get to the point of making goals. Collin made a lot of the steals to stop these attacks, and helped launch a number of Orlando City counter-attacks in the final eight matches of the season.

2016 Projection: I fully expect Aurelien Collin to be back with the Orlando City first team next season, and this time to have a full off-season to work with his younger teammates to help begin the season with the same kind of stout defense that they displayed in the final quarter of the 2015 season. I would look for Collin to help Orlando City register a lot more clean sheets next year, and I hope we'll have the chance to enjoy his energetic and exciting style of play for many seasons to come.

What do you think? What was your favorite Aurelien Collin moment of 2015? Do you expect to see him back with the club next season? Let me know in the comments!