HARRISON, N.J. (April 12, 2016) – New York Red Bulls II midfielder Derrick Etienne Jr. has been named to the week three USL Team of the Week after having a hand in all four goals against Bethlehem Steel FC on April 10.
Etienne Jr., a native of Paterson, N.J., recorded one goal and two assists in Sunday’s match.
The Homegrown Player, playing in his second USL season, created the first goal of the game when his pressing won him the ball on an errant Bethlehem pass. The Haitian youth international whipped in a cross, which Steel FC defender Josh Yaro put into his own net to give New York the lead just 10 seconds into the match.
On the second goal, Brandon Allen passed to Etienne Jr. on the right flank. The midfielder spotted Alex Muyl making a run towards the top of the 18-yard-box and passed it off. His fellow Homegrown Player scored and Etienne Jr. had his first assist of the game.
In the 41st minute, a Bethlehem tackle brought down Etienne Jr. as he charged towards the penalty area. The referee awarded New York the advantage and the University of Virginia alumnus returned to his feet and played a ball out wide to Brandon Allen. Allen crossed to Anatole Abang at the back post to triple NYRB II’s lead before the half.
Finally, Junior Flemmings played Etienne Jr. through in the 71st minute. In a one-on-one with Steel FC goalkeeper John McCarthy, the midfielder calmly chipped the onrushing ‘keeper to earn his first goal of the season.
New York Red Bulls II return to action this weekend at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, April 17, against the 2015 USL champion Rochester Rhinos at 4 p.m. ET (WATCH: NewYorkRedBulls.com/Live; TICKETS: NewYorkRedBulls.com/2/tickets).
USL Team of the Week
GK – Lalo Fernandez, Real Monarchs SLC: Fernandez recorded his first shutout of the season and made a pair of spectacular saves to keep the game scoreless as the Monarchs won 1-0 in Tulsa.
D – Braeden Troyer, Richmond Kickers: Troyer put in an excellent performance to limit the Rochester Rhinos’ attack as the Kickers earned a 1-0 victory at City Stadium.
D – Taylor Mueller, Charleston Battery: Mueller recorded the game-winning goal, and an assist, while also putting in a strong performance against a rejuvenated Wilmington attack.
D – Tommy Meyer, Swope Park Rangers: Meyer put in a standout defensive display as the Rangers earned a point against a San Antonio FC side that welcomed more than 8,000 fans to its home opener.
D – Sem de Wit, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: De Wit made numerous timely blocks and clearances to allow WFC2 to remain undefeated in a scoreless draw against Sacramento.
M – Derrick Etienne Jr., New York Red Bulls II: Etienne Jr. recorded his first goal of the season, and was the standout performer as the Red Bulls II romped to victory against Bethlehem 4-0.
M – Niall McCabe, Louisville City FC: McCabe was a standout in midfield throughout and recorded a pair of assists as Louisville bounced back from an early deficit to take a 4-1 win against Orlando.
M – Vince Cicciarelli, Saint Louis FC: Last week’s Player of the Week had another good performance as he scored his third goal of the season in a 2-2 draw against OKC Energy FC.
F – Raheem Edwards, Toronto FC II: Edwards posed a threat all night to FC Montreal’s defense, and finally broke through with a late winner to give TFC II a 2-1 win in the 401 Derby.
F – Sean Okoli, FC Cincinnati: Okoli’s spectacular early goal, which landed at No. 4 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 that night, paved the way for Cincinnati’s win in front of 14,658 at Nippert Stadium.
F – Mike Seth, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Seth had a strong all-around game that was capped with a fine goal as the Switchbacks made it two wins from two to start the season.
Bench: Jon Kempin (SPR), Austin Berry (CIN), Danny Garcia (SA), Kadeem Dacres (LOU), Martin Maybin (COS), Coy Craft (OKC), Didier Crettenand (OC)
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