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Bulls Abroad: Haiti loses to Colombia, 3-1; Derrick Etienne still with squad

Apparently Etienne still has a shot at making Haiti's Copa America squad.


The New York Red Bulls' Derrick Etienne was expected to be on his way back to his club at this time, after attending Haiti's Copa America training camp as one of a handful of reserves invited to bolster the squad.

During his stint with Les Grenadiers, Etienne did reportedly get some playing time during the team's friendly against Miami Dade FC.

But he missed out on playing time in the big friendly with Colombia.

Fellow reserve Bryan Alceus did see some time against Los Cafeteros, coming on shortly after Haiti conceded its third goal and any realistic chance of taking anything more than experience from the game. Colombia won, 3-1, and Haiti will have taken some consolation from the fact that the game was pretty evenly balanced until Max Hilaire was sent off in the 39th minute.

Now Haiti must head to Seattle for its opening game of Copa America: the June 4 match against Peru.

But first, it would appear, Les Grenadiers must finalize their 23-man squad for the tournament. An announcement on the Haitian Football Federation's Facebook page advises that all 26 players who were in the team's training camp traveled from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando - and the "final list of 23" will be announced from Orlando.

If you were under the impression Haiti already had a final list of 23 players, you are probably influenced by the fact that FHF has indeed already announced its squad for Copa America:

But now, for reasons not made clear (but probably related to monitoring an injury or two to players in the original 23), reserves Sebastien Thuriere, Bryan Alceus, and Derrick Etienne are "in an exhausting wait" to see if they have made the revised list.

For updates, keep an eye on FHF's Facebook pageTwitter account, and the official Twitter feed of Copa America 2016.