Derrick Etienne Jr.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on Feb. 4, 2020.
An electric young attacker who can play on the wing, in the attacking midfield or off the main striker, Etienne possesses the ability to set up teammates or finish himself. He has shown a knack in his young career for using his touch and speed to beat defenders one on one and play a role in the biggest moments, first for the New York Red Bulls and then Crew SC.
INTERNATIONAL: Etienne has earned 22 caps and scored three goals with the Haiti national team since making his debut as a substitute in a Caribbean Cup Qualifier against French Guiana in 2016 (November 9). Etienne also represented Haiti at the youth level, featuring for Haiti’s Under-17 and U-20 sides.
OUTSIDE MLS: Etienne made 52 regular-season appearances and registered 13 goals and five assists for the New York Red Bulls II in the USL Championship. The midfielder was a key member of the Red Bulls II side that won the USL regular season and the USL Cup in 2016.
COLLEGE: Played one season at University of Virginia in 2015. Named to Atlantic Coast Conference all-freshman team. Made 17 appearances, starting 10, and contributed two goals and one assist.
PERSONAL: Born in Richmond, Virginia, and has dual citizenship in the US and Haiti. Father, Derrick Etienne Sr., played internationally for Haiti, and professionally in the US for the Richmond Kickers and Long Island Rough Riders after playing collegiate soccer at VCU. Younger sister Danielle helped Haiti clinch a berth in the U-20 FIFA World Cup in France by finishing third at the Concacaf U-20 Championship.