Red Bulls Loan Etienne To Cincinnati, Place Valot On Injured List

Red Bulls, Derrick Etienne Jr.
Derrick Etienne, Jr. Photo: Brad Penner-USA Today Sports

The New York Red Bulls have loaned homegrown midfielder Derrick Etienne Jr. to FC Cincinnati for the remainder of the 2019 season in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. 

The pick is Chicago’s natural third-round selection, previously acquired by Cincinnati. FC Cincinnati has an option to buy at the end of the loan.

“Derrick has continued to progress each season and represents our club well,” said Denis Hamlett, Red Bulls Sporting Director. “We wish him the best for the rest of the season in Cincinnati.”  

Etienne, a native of Paterson, N.J., signed with the Red Bulls ahead of the 2016 season after one year at the University of Virginia. he is a graduate of the Red Bulls Academy and represents Haiti on the international stage. Etienne has appeared in 60 league games for the Red Bulls over four seasons, making 22 starts, with six goals and four assists.

Valot, Etienne
Florian Valot

In addition, the Red Bulls said they have placed midfielder Florian Valot on the Season-Ending Injury list. Valot had surgery in April to repair a torn ACL.

He suffered the injury during the Red Bulls match against the San Jose Earthquakes on March 16.