HARRISON, N.J. — Derrick Etienne Sr. calls them “destiny decisions,” those fork-in-the-road and life-altering opportunities.
There have been many for his son, Derrick Etienne Jr., from leaving the comfort of the Livingston Lions youth team to join the New York Red Bulls academy at age 11. To staying in the Red Bulls system instead of joining Giovanni Savarese at the New York Cosmos. And to accepting the invite from Haiti's U-17 national team instead of waiting for a call that never came from the United States.
Now, Derrick Etienne Jr. will be represent Haiti at Red Bull Arena Monday night (9 pm ET | FS1, UniMás, UDN), hoping to lead Les Grenadiers over Costa Rica and atop Group B of the Concacaf Gold Cup.
“The road to destiny is leading back to Harrison on Monday,” the elder Etienne said. “Hopefully all the stars are lining up the right way and it would be great for him to get a goal right there on that field.”