Derrick Etienne Jr.
Updated through September 23, 2020
Columbus (2020): Etienne was signed by Crew SC on February 4, 2020 and has since made 12 regular-season appearances (four starts as a left-midfielder). He made his Black & Gold debut as a substitute on the road against Seattle Sounders FC (March 7). Etienne also made three regular season appearances during the Group Stage of the MLS is Back Tournament – first as a substitute for Lucas Zelarayan against FC Cincinnati* (July 11), as a starter against the New York Red Bulls* and providing his first assist for the Crew (July 16) and as a substitute against Atlanta United* (July 21). He made a total of four appearances during the MLS is Back Tournament. Etienne Jr. made a start at home against Chicago Fire FC (August 20), where he netted his first regular-season and Crew SC goal in the 20th minute and earned MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors for his performance. He then started on the road at New York City FC (August 24). Etienne Jr. made substitute appearances on the road at FC Cincinnati (August 29) and at home against Philadelphia Union (September 2) and FC Cincinnati (September 6). He then started on the road at Chicago Fire FC (September 12) before making substitute appearances at home against Nashville SC (September 19) and Minnesota United FC (September 23).
* MLS is Back Tournament Group Stage matches counted towards the 2020 MLS regular season
2019 (Cincinnati): Made five regular-season appearances (two starts).
2019 (New York): Etienne made 11 regular-season appearances (five starts), scoring one goal and providing one assist for the New York Red Bulls. He made two Concacaf Champions League appearances. Etienne was loaned to FC Cincinnati on August 8.
2018 (New York): Etienne made 30 regular-season appearances (nine starts), tallying five goals and one assist. He scored his first career MLS regular-season goal against Orlando City SC (March 31). Additionally, he scored the game-winning goal against Orlando City SC (October 20) to clinch the 2018 MLS Supporter’s Shield. The midfielder made two appearances in the MLS playoffs. Etienne made two appearances in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, as well as five appearances in the Concacaf Champions League.
2017 (New York): Etienne made 17 regular-season appearances (17 starts), scoring two goals and providing two assists. He made his first MLS regular-season start against the Colorado Rapids (March 11). Etienne notched his first MLS regular-season assist against the San Jose Earthquakes (July 19). The midfielder made one appearance in the MLS playoffs against Toronto FC (November 5). Etienne made one appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as two appearances in the Concacaf Champions League.
2016 (New York): Etienne made one regular-season appearance. His MLS regular-season debut came in a match against D.C. United (September 11). The midfielder made two appearances in the Concacaf Champions League, with his debut coming in a match against Antigua GFC (August 3).
2015-2019 (New York Red Bulls II): While with the New York Red Bulls, Etienne also made 52 regular-season appearances and registered 13 goals and five assists for the Club’s USL Championship side the New York Red Bulls II. The midfielder was a key member of the Red Bulls II side that won the USL Regular Season and the USL Cup in 2016.
As a collegiate player, Etienne played for the University of Virginia in 2015, making 17 appearances while scoring two goals and providing one assist. In his lone season with the Cavaliers, the midfielder was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman Team.
Etienne joined the New York Red Bulls Academy as an Under-14 player, playing with the U-16 side and progressing to the U-18s. He captained the U-18 in the fall of 2014, a helping his side win the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) Winter Showcase. In all, he scored 40 goals in four USSDA seasons from 2009-15. He was named to NSCAA’s 2014 Youth All-America Team.
At the international level, Etienne has earned 22 caps and scored three goals with the Haiti National Team since making his debut as a substitute in a Caribbean Cup Qualifer against French Guiana in 2016 (November 9). Etienne also represented Haiti at the youth level, featuring for Haiti’s Under-17 and U-20 sides, including featuring for Haiti at the Concacaf U-17 Championships in 2013.
Etienne’s parents are Derrick and Shamone Etienne. His father, Derrick, played soccer professionally for the Richmond Kickers as well as for the Long Island Rough Riders while also representing the Haiti National Team. Derrick has two sisters, Darice and Danielle. His sister Danielle plays soccer for the Haiti National Women’s Team.
Columbus Crew SC signs midfielder Derrick Etienne Jr. on February 4, 2020.
Name: Derrick Etienne Jr. (eh-TYEN)
Born: November 25, 1996 in Richmond, Virginia
Hometown: Paterson, New Jersey
Citizenship: United States/Haiti
Acquired: Signed by Crew SC on February 4, 2020
Previous Experience: New York Red Bulls (2015-2019), FC Cincinnati (2019)