USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Monday, January 4, 2016
Derrick Etienne made a statement with his play for the New York Red Bulls II and University of Virginia in 2015.
Now, the youngest player in the Red Bulls’ recent spate of Homegrown signings is excited for his next challenge.
“I felt that 2015 was probably my biggest year of my soccer career,” Etienne told TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Travis Clark. “Playing at all those high levels just showed me that I was able to play at that level. … I always felt I had the technical ability, but to be able to show that and then growing and maturing in my body I felt that 2015 showcased what I could do.”
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Etienne had three goals and three assists in 14 appearances as an Academy player for NYRB II in the club’s inaugural season, highlighted by a brilliant strike in the side’s 2-0 victory against Louisville City FC on June 20. He then went on to shine for the Cavaliers as a freshman, earning ACC All-Freshman Team honors, before the Red Bulls approached him to join the pro ranks.
For Etienne, who has long been a part of the Red Bulls organization, the chance to continue his path with his local club provided a major landmark on his soccer journey.“I’ve been here since I was 12 years old. I’m 19 years old now, signing a contract, just knowing that all those years have added up and for me to sign a contract it makes the feeling that much sweeter,” Etienne told Clark.