By CHARLIE CORR – email@example.com
Monday, December 21, 2015
HARRISON, N.J. – Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls signed midfielder Derrick Etienne to a homegrown contract on Monday.
Etienne made 10 starts and 14 appearances overall for the New York Red Bulls II during their inaugural USL season. In 969 minutes of play, Etienne tallied three goals and three assists as the squad qualified for the 2015 USL Playoffs in its first season.
Etienne’s announcement coincided with another former Red Bulls academy player, Georgetown senior forward Brandon Allen of the PDL’s Baltimore Bohemians. The Red Bulls now have had 12 homegrown players in their history and currently have seven – the most of any MLS roster.
"We are pleased to add two high-caliber players to our roster," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis. "After their accomplishments in the collegiate game, we are excited about the potential of both players to contribute at the professional level."
Etienne, a native of Paterson, N.J., joined the Red Bulls academy as an under-14 player and advanced through the developmental system. He captained the Red Bulls' U-18s in the fall of 2014. Etienne was one of several Red Bulls academy players to earn time with the Red Bulls II this past summer.
"It's a great feeling," Etienne said of the signing. "Being in the Academy for six years, being able to sign with the first team, it's a great feeling. Knowing some of the guys, I feel this is like finally getting the process going, it's great."
Etienne made 17 appearances as a freshman for the defending national champion Cavaliers. He scored two goals and added an assist, earning a spot on the ACC All-Rookie team as Virginia went 10-5-3 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.He holds dual citizenship in the United States and his father's native Haiti. He has appeared at several youth international levels for Haiti, most notably as part of Haiti's side for the U-20 CONCACAF Championships last January.