Argentina's Men's Olympic Soccer squad is preparing for Rio with a couple of games in Boca Raton. The first of those - against Colombia - finished 0-0. Next up is Haiti.
Les Grenadiers are not bound for Brazil, but have named a team that complies with the regulations of the Olympic tournament. There are two New York Red Bulls on Haiti's roster: Academy prospect Shelson Dorleans and first-team squad member Derrick Etienne. Former RBNY player Andrew Jean-Baptiste is also in the squad.
Etienne has spoken to CONCACAF.com about his excitement regarding this match. For Argentina, it is a stepping stone to the Rio games. For Haiti's players - including Etienne - it is a stepping stone to a full senior international call-up.
Etienne has made remarkable progress over the last couple of seasons. He was on his way to college this time last year. Now he is a professional player. He is yet to make his competitive debut for the Red Bulls this season, but he has been one of the more significant contributors to the reserve team's impressive run in USL. A strong performance against Argentina will bolster Etienne's case for first team minutes for both club and country.