Derrick Etienne, Jr. will for FC Cincinnati until the end of the MLS season. (Photo courtesy of the Red Bulls)

The Red Bulls have loaned Homegrown midfielder Derrick Etienne Jr. to FC Cincinnati for the remainder of the season in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, the club announced Thursday.

The pick is Chicago Fire’s natural third-round selection, which was acquired by Cincinnati. FC Cincinnati has an option to purchased Etienne’s at the end of the loan.

“Derrick has continued to progress each season and represents our club well,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said. “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 prior to the 2016 season after one year at the University of Virginia. Etienne 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.

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