New York Red Bulls striker, Derrick Etienne Jr., has been short-listed to Haiti’s preliminary roster for this summer’s 2019 Gold Cup. He is one of three MLS players to be called, including New England Revolution’s Zachary Herivaux and Orlando City SC’s Benjamin Michel.
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Final rosters for the Gold Cup are due to FIFA and CONCACAF by June 6th. The preliminary roster gives national teams the ability to choose from a set larger pool in the event that an injury takes out one of their final 23 call-ins. This will be Etienne’s first Gold Cup if he makes the final roster.
Etienne has appeared seven times for the senior Red Bulls squad in all competitions, scoring his lone goal against the LA Galaxy. He has also seen the field for Red Bull II four times, tallying three goals and an assist. Internationally, Etienne has 10 caps for Haiti, registering three goals and an assist since making his debut in November 2016. The 22-year old also has an appearance for the U-20 Haiti squad in 2015.
Haiti has a busy travel schedule throughout the month of June. First, they make their longest trip down to Chile for a friendly match with the hosts on June 5th. Then they turn their attention to the Gold Cup, where they face surprise Nations League Group A qualifier Bermuda on June 16th.
The match will take place in Costa Rica, a first-time Gold Cup host. Next, they travel to Frisco, TX on June 20th against Nicaragua. Nicaragua knocked Haiti out of Gold Cup contention in 2017’s play-off match. Haiti led 3-1 after the first leg, but Nicaragua roared back to a 3-0 victory in the second leg to qualify for the continental tournament, leaving Haiti in their wake. Haiti defeated Nicaragua 2-0 in Nations League qualifying, but they will need to increase their efforts to advance to the knockout stage.
Their final group stage match will be their toughest. They face Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena on June 24th. Etienne will be in familiar territory, but Costa Rica have made RBA their home away from home. This will be their sixth match there since 2015. Two of their three victories there have come against the United States.
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