The Haitian national team won two matches in the Caribbean Cup fifth place playoff, earning a spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup CFU-UNCAF playoff. New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne was an influential presence in both fixtures.
In the first match, Haiti defeated Suriname, 4-2. Etienne was in the starting lineup and played 77 minutes for Les Grenadiers.
"I felt that we were clinical in front of goal," Etienne told Once a Metro. "A couple of things we need to work on… but these are things that will come, [things] that come along with a new team with younger guys."
In the second match, Haiti defeated Trinidad and Tobago, 4-3, in extra time. Etienne scored his first international goal in the 20th minute, receiving a free kick at the top of the box and curling his shot into the corner of the net.
"Scoring my first international goal was amazing," he said after the match. "When the ball hit the back of the net, I was so excited I didn't even know what to do. I was kind of lost."
Etienne, a dual national who was eligible to play for the United States, made his senior national team debut in November. He had one MLS appearance last season and led the reserve squad to the USL Championship.
The 20-year old is set for an expanded role in 2017, and should receive playing time in the Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League.