From Gretna to MLS Cup MVP: Aurelien Collin says 'I owe everything to Sporting Kansas City'

Sporting Kansas City defender Aurelien Collin was named MLS Cup MVP after their shootout win against Real Salt Lake.

The former Wrexham and Gretna favourite forced the final into a shootout with his equaliser and then converted his penalty after 120 minutes.

“The second half was pretty hard for me because I had a small kick in the head,” Collin said during the news conference. “I couldn’t see that well, so that’s why I scored. I was very lucky that Zusi put the ball exactly where I wanted it. I put my head up and it went through, so I’m happy. I don’t know what I was thinking when I scored—I’m just happy I scored.”

Collin has come a long way and credits it all to Sporting KC.

"For the first time in my life, I had the best facilities, the best environment, the best infrastructure,” he said. “I know I am a better player now than I was three years ago. I know that if I stay here, I will be a better player in three years than I am now. I wasn’t expecting all of this but I feel very blessed and happy to be a part of it.”

 
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