New York Red Bulls prospect Derrick Etienne has chosen Haiti over the United States and will make his debut in this week’s Caribbean Cup qualifiers against French Guiana and Saint Kitts & Nevis.
Etienne, 19, was hoping to get a look from the U.S. youth set-up, but none has come his way. He spent most of this season for the New York Red Bulls 2, scoring three goals and two assists in 22 appearances.
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Haiti has 11 players who ply their trade in American club soccer, with Soni Mustivar of Sporting KC and Zachary Herivaux of New England the only MLS members.
“I just thought this was the right time to make that jump and start my international career,” Etienne Jr. told Goal USA. “Considering the timing, and how I felt, and how Haiti is going as a national team, I felt it was the right time to make this decision.”
Etienne made his MLS debut in a 4-minute cameo for the Red Bulls on Sept. 11, and played 87 minutes between two CONCACAF Champions League matches in August.