Aurelien Collin will be back in Red Bull Arena next year.
Collin was acquired in a trade with Orlando City last year, during an injury crisis plaguing the Red Bulls' back line. The veteran central defender stepped in as a stabilizing presence, making 23 appearances down the stretch for the regular season.
After the season the Red Bulls said that Collin was out of a contract, but the club was working to resign him. Terms of the deal were not released by the club.
"We are pleased to bring Aurelien back for 2017," Ali Curtis, Red Bulls Sporting Director, said in a club statement. "Aurelien was an excellent trade last year and he played a pivotal role for us. Many teams were after him so we are all the more happy that we were able to resign him."
With the signing the Red Bulls currently have only three center backs on its roster. Preseason begins in 19 days, and the team used six center backs last season in three competitions. With less than two months until the team's first competitive match in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, the team has 20 players under contract.
The Collin trade was seen as one of the shrewdest moves the Red Bulls made last season. Originally announced as a conditional fourth round pick, the Red Bulls eventually sent a third round pick that the club received from D.C. United after trading Luciano Acosta's discovery rights.
The Red Bulls own three of its four natural selections for the 2017 SuperDraft. The club's fourth round pick was traded to Toronto FC ahead of the 2014 season as part of a trade for Richard Eckersley.