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Bulls Abroad: Derrick Etienne called to Haiti squad for November Caribbean Cup qualifiers

Debut senior international appearance for Etienne this month?

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Among the least important things affected by Hurricane Matthew's savage assault on the region was the October round of qualifying for the 2017 Caribbean Cup. A few soccer matches had to be postponed and the simple solution is to play them a little later in the year, which will happen in early November.

Haiti must play French Guiana on November 9 in Port-au-Prince. On November 13, Les Grenadiers will play St. Kitts and Nevis in Basseterre. Those two matches will settle the outcome of Group 2 of the third round of Caribbean Cup qualifying. These qualifiers do not allow for draws, so Haiti needs two wins - in regular time, extra time, or on penalties - to be assured of progress to next year's final rounds of Caribbean Cup. And the group winners of the current stage of qualifying will also win a place in the 2017 Gold Cup.

Haiti's U-17 and U-20 men's teams have won their respective CFU tournaments this year. The senior side cannot claim the Caribbean Cup this year, but it can put itself in position to win it next year by winning its November games.

To that end, Haiti head coach Patrice Neveu has named a strong squad for the forthcoming matches. A squad that includes New York Red Bulls' Derrick Etienne.

An appearance in either game would cap-tie Etienne, who would be making his senior debut for Haiti in a competitive international if he gets a run for Les Grenadiers this month.

The call-up should not affect Etienne's RBNY availability at all. The team could be eliminated from the playoffs by the time Haiti kicks off against French Guiana. And if the Red Bulls still have a post-season to think about, the next round of MLS playoffs doesn't start until after the November internationals are concluded.