Derrick Etienne Jr.
HOW ACQUIRED: Loaned to FC Cincinnati on Aug. 8, 2019. Originally signed by the New York as a Homegrown Player on December 21, 2015.
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.
USL: Appeared in 14 of the first 16 games, making 10 starts, for the professional New York Red Bulls II as an amateur player in 2015 before enrolling at the University of Virginia…Was often the team’s most dangerous attacking threat…Contributed three goals and three assists as a winger, with the three goals coming in his final five games.
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.
ACADEMY: Joined New York Red Bulls Academy in 2009…Played four seasons in the US Soccer Development Academy from 2011-15, scoring at least 10 goals in the final three campaigns. Scored 10 goals in 18 games for the U-18s in 2014-15 despite missing time for international and New York Red Bulls II games. Made his USSDA debut for the Red Bulls in 2011-12, scoring three goals in 19 appearances for the U-16s, who won the USSDA national championship.
INTERNATIONAL: Haiti international, who previously played through the U-23 level, he has three goals in 11 appearances for the first team. Scored his first international goal during Carribbean Cup competition in January 2017, earning a pair of caps. Appeared in three games, making one start, for Haiti at the 2015 Concacaf U-20 Championship in Jamaica. Also played for Haiti at the U-17 level in 2013, making one appearance at the Concacaf U-17 Championship in Panama.
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 last summer’s U-20 FIFA World Cup in France by finishing third at the Concacaf U-20 Championship.