NJ soccer star Derrick Etienne Jr. adding to family legacy

Derrick Etienne Jr., of Paterson, plays for the New York Red Bulls youth soccer team.

Derrick Etienne Jr., of Paterson, plays for the New York Red Bulls youth soccer team. (5/14/16)

PATERSON - A soccer player from New Jersey is becoming one of the Red Bulls' rising stars.

Derrick Etienne Jr., of Paterson, plays for the New York Red Bulls youth soccer team.

The 19-year-old played at Passaic County Technical Institute and then the University of Virginia, but left school after only one season.

"That was always the plan, to become a pro," he says.

Etienne's father is a pastor with his twin brother at a church in Paterson. Both are former professional soccer players.

He was added to Haiti's initial 40-man roster for the Copa America Tournament next month, but cuts have to be made.

"It's killing me, you know?" he says. "I know that I still have time playing with this great team and improving. It's just a matter of time."

Only 23 players make the national team. If Etienne is one of them, he'll be the youngest family member, out of his dad and uncle, to make the roster.

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