New York Red Bulls striker Derrick Etienne, Jr received a call-up to the Haiti national team for its upcoming CONCACAF Nations League qualifying match against Nicaragua. Etienne has seven caps since joining the senior squad in 2016. Zachary Herivaux (New England Revolution) is the only other MLS player called up.
GlobeBull: Etienne Named to Haiti CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying Squad
— ⚽EtienneBallaz⚽ (@EtienneBallaz) November 6, 2018
Etienne has tallied two goals for Haiti, his most recent coming against Sint Maarten in September where he scored the team’s 10th of the day. In club matches for the Red Bulls, Etienne has five goals in 38 appearances including the Supporter’s Shield winning goal against Orlando City in the last regular season match.
Haiti is two-for-two in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying, defeating Sint Maarten 13-0 in September and edging Saint Lucia 2-1 last month. They sit in 2nd place with a perfect record and 14 goal differential, one behind Curacao. Their position currently has them qualifying for League A (top 6) and the 2019 Gold Cup (top 10).
The match on November 17th at Nicaragua could be one of their more difficult ties as Nicaragua is also 2-0, but only have a goal differential of eight. Nicaragua has previously defeated Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2-0 and Anguilla 6-0.
Assuming the Red Bulls advance in the MLS Cup playoffs over the Columbus Crew, Etienne would not miss the Eastern Conference Finals match away leg on November 25th, likely at Atlanta United.
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