Etienne has gotten hot at just the right time as Les Grenadiers have come calling once again.
Derrick Etienne Jr., nicknamed The Haitian Messi, will have another opportunity to live up to that mantra later this month as he joins the Haiti national team for a friendly against Argentina.
On Wednesday, the Haiti national team released its 20-man roster for the upcoming friendly in Buenos Aires. On the list was Etienne, who will be poised to get his 6th cap for the team.
The call-up is particularly well-deserved for Etienne based on his recent form: match-sealing goals in back-to-back games against NYC FC and the Colorado Rapids. He has three goals and one assist in just 255 minutes of MLS action this season.
The timing of the match could cause him to miss the Red Bulls’ MLS home game against the Philadelphia Union on May 26th, or the road game against the New England Revolution on June 2nd.
As an international, Etienne has one goal for Les Grenadiers, which he got against Trinidad & Tobago in 2017 during 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification.
Also called up for Haiti is former New York Red Bulls II defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste.