Player Details


Jake Nerwinski




6' 0"


174 lbs

Date of Birth

10.17.1994 (28)


Lawrenceville, NJ USA



Position Detail

Full Back

Preferred Side




Roster Category

Career Summary


An athletic right back, Jake Nerwinski signed his first MLS contract with Vancouver Whitecaps FC on February 9, 2017 after getting selected seventh overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, then was was named the club's Most Promising Player in his first season.


'21: The fifth-year ‘Caps defender showed his versatility throughout 2021, playing matches as a fullback on either side of the pitch and dropping into a new role as the left-sided centre back in a back three for the first time in his career. Nerwinski started 19 of his 25 appearances during the regular season and played a role in seven clean sheets in 2021. The Lawrenceville, New Jersey native also started the ‘Caps playoff match against Sporting Kansas City and the Canadian Championship game against Pacific FC.

'20: In his fourth season in Vancouver, Nerwinski was named the club's Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero in a year that saw him make 18 starts in 21 appearances in the shortened schedule while taking on a leadership role in the locker room and in the community. He scored two goals, in the season opener against Sporting KC plus a late winner versus rivals Toronto FC, after scoring only once in his MLS career previously. Nerwinski, who made his 100th appearance for the 'Caps across all competitions in October, finished second on the team in minutes played, interceptions, and blocks. Additionally, he started in the 'Caps Round of 16 matchup versus Sporting KC at the MLS is Back Tournament. 

'19: Nerwinski matched career-highs with 24 starts in 26 appearances, and opened his MLS account with a goal at San Jose Earthquakes on August 24.

'18: In his sophomore season, Nerwinski made 24 starts in 26 appearances, leading the team with 43 interceptions and tallying an assist in the season finale against Portland Timbers.

'17: Nerwinski made his MLS debut on March 11 as part of the starting XI in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes. He would go on to start all 19 of his regular season appearances, tallying five assists - falling just one shy from matching Young-Pyo Lee's club MLS single-season record for a fullback. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Nerwinski started all three matches, playing 216 shutout minutes for the 'Caps. He was named Most Promising Player in the club's year-end awards, while also picking up the WFC July Player of the Month honours. Nerwinski also finished sixth in MLS Rookie of the Year voting. 


'21: Nerwinski started the lone Canadian Championship match against Pacific FC. '19: Nerwinski made one start and appearance in the Canadian Championship versus Cavalry FC. '18: Nerwinski was one of only three WFC players to play the full 90 minutes in all four CC matches, tallying an assist in the semifinal victory over Montreal Impact. '17: Nerwinski recorded one assist in his two starts in the Canadian Championship semifinal against the Montreal Impact.


'17: Nerwinski made two appearances in the CCL, starting both legs of the quarterfinal series versus New York Red Bulls, making his professional debut in his home state of New Jersey in the opening leg.


'17: Nerwinski appeared in two USL matches with Whitecaps FC 2 early in the season before seeing regular playing time with the first team. 


A co-captain in his last two years at the University of Connecticut, Nerwinski tallied five goals and 17 assists in his four seasons in Mansfield, starting 75 of his 81 appearances for the Huskies. He was a three-time member of the All-American Athletic Conference Team, earning a first-team selection in 2016. He also received NSCAA All-East Region accolades, being named to the Second Team as a junior, then to the First Team in his final year.


At the international level, Nerwinski was invited to the United States men's national team U-23 college identification camp in July 2015.


Nerwinski was an All-District player in each of his four years at his hometown's Notre Dame High School. As a senior, the team captain was honoured with All-State, All-Area, and All-Colonial Valley Conference team selections, as well as his side's Most Valuable Player award. He played youth soccer with the New Jersey Soccer Association 04 Development Academy team.

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