Haiti defeated Saint Kitts and Nevis, 2-0, in the Caribbean Cup qualifying match at the Warner Park Sporting Complex in Basseterre. Duckens Nazon scored two goals in extra time to secure the victory for Les Grenadiers.
New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne was in the starting lineup for Haiti, playing at central midfielder and winger. According to Caribbean football expert Austin Fido, the 19-year old was "never quite allowed to showcase the speed of thought or foot that has made him a rising star" and spent much of the game isolated.
Etienne made his first senior national team appearance on November 9th in a 5-2 loss to French Guiana. He was also eligible to represent the United States, but was curiously ignored at the youth level despite solid performances in the Development Academy league and USL.
Even though Haiti won their match, they have been eliminated from the Caribbean Cup and cannot qualify for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. They finished in second place in their qualifying group, but were the lowest ranked second place finisher due to their win coming in extra time. The elimination caps a disappointing year for Haiti who finished last in its group at the Copa America Centenario and was eliminated from World Cup qualifying after finishing in third place in a winnable group.
Regardless of a down year, there is reason to be excited about Haiti's prospects. In addition to getting a player of Etienne's caliber committed, they also are the reigning Caribbean champions at the U-17 and U-20 levels.