Things were looking good for Sporting Kansas City and centre back Aurelien Collin. The team had just won the 2013 MLS Cup and were the best team in the whole of North America.
Fast forward 12 months and things aren't as rosy in Kansas City. Sporting looked incredibly poor for the last few months of the season and were duly dumped out of the MLS Playoffs at the first time of asking by the New York Red Bulls.
Collin's performances dipped too and now it looks like the Frenchman has just played his last game in Sporting Blue.
After SKC's defeat to the Red Bulls in New York, Collin completely cleared out his locker into a plastic bag and spoke about his plans for holiday's and trips to see the family in the off-season.
Now all that is completely normal, what isn't however is the fact that there have been pretty much zero talks between Collin, his agents, and Sporting KC bosses regarding the influential defenders contract status.
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When askedif he expected to be back with Sporting next season, Collin shrugged of his shoulders. “I don’t know,” he added according to Sam McDowell of the KC Star. “Right now, there is nothing. Not even a conversation.”
Sporting CEO Robb Heineman called discussions between the two parties a stalemate back in September, and it seems that nothing has changed. KC it is said have offered Collin multiple deals over the course of the season to keep the star defender, but as he wants a rise from $275,000 he is earning this year, it doesn't look likely.
“He’s already been offered a couple of contracts, so at this point, I don’t know what will happen,” said Peter Vermes, the coach and technical director. “That conversation has already taken place. It stopped because it’s now his decision. I can’t tell you where it’s going to go.”
With Matt Besler, Erik Palmer-Brown, Kevin Ellis and Ike Opara all already on the roster, it wouldn't be too hard for SKC to find a replacement for the outgoing 29-year old Collin.