The New York Red Bulls have loaned winger Derrick Etienne Jr. to FC Cincinnati for the remainder of the 2019 season in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick, the club announced Thursday. FC Cincinnati has an option to buy.
“We’re excited with the opportunity to add Derrick to our organization,” FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp said in a statement. “He fits the profile of a player that we’ve been looking to add at the winger position and we believe he’ll strengthen that position group. We look forward to welcoming him to Cincinnati and seeing him compete within our squad.”
The 22-year-old Haitian international came up through the Red Bulls academy and made 60 regular season appearances over the course of four seasons after spending two seasons with Red Bulls II in USL. He has six goals and four assists. The Paterson, N.J. native has one goal and one assist in 11 appearances this season, including five starts.
Etienne has also made 17 appearances for Haiti, most recently at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
By loaning Etienne to FC Cincinnati, the Red Bulls opened up the senior roster slot that will be occupied by winger Josh Sims, who was signed on loan from Southampton Wednesday.
“Derrick has continued to progress each season and represents our club well,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “We wish him the best for the rest of the season in Cincinnati.”