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Derrick Etienne is a leader of men

RBNY's Etienne has just finished his rookie season as a pro, but he's already influencing the next generation of Red Bulls Academy prospects.

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The New York Red Bulls' Derrick Etienne has distinctive goal celebration - and if you haven't seen it, it is referenced by his choice of avatar on Twitter...

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...and he has pinned a clip featuring the "hotline" celebration to the top of his timeline.

Meanwhile, in the Red Bulls Academy, Omir Fernandez is having a startlingly successful season with the U17/18s: 13 goals in 13 games to date. He scored one for the Academy team against FC Dallas in the ongoing US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase (the match finished 1-1):

And his celebration looked familiar.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Derrick Etienne wants to see RBNY's up-and-comers devote themselves to their craft:

And Fernandez is ready to learn.

Add leadership and mentorship to the list of skills Etienne has developed in his first year as a pro.