CARSON, Calif. – A pair of players shone brightly in the performance tests at the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine on Saturday, with UConn defender Jakob Nerwinski and Maryland defender Chris Odoi-Atsem finishing in the top five in the speed, agility and power tests at StubHub Center.
Nerwinski finished first in the speed test with a 3.87 second 30-meter dash, fourth in the agility test with a 4.25 5-10-5 shuttle run and second in the power test with a vertical leap of 34.5 inches. Odoi-Atsem performed similarly well, tying for fourth in the speed test with a 3.89 second 30-meter dash, placing third in agility with a 4.22 second shuttle run and winning the power test with a 36.5 inch vertical jump.
Boston College forward Zeiko Lewis and Colgate forward Ethan Kutler tied for first in the agility test with a 5-10-5 shuttle run time of 4.20 seconds. Other than Nerwinski and Odoi-Atsem, Kutler was the only player to finish in the top-10 in all three categories.
Syracuse defender and Generation adidas signee Miles Robinson also impressed, finishing second in both the 30-meter dash (3.88 seconds) and vertical jump (34.5 inches). Other players who performed well on Saturday include New Mexico forward Niko Hansen, (8th in speed, T-11 in agility, 4th in power), Ghanaian youth international Dominic Oduro (6th in speed, 5th in agility, 11th in power) and USF forward Marcus Epps (10th in agility, 5th in power).
Here are the top 10 finishers in each performance category:
Speed Test (30-meter dash)
|1. Jakob Nerwinski||UConn||D||3.87|
|2. Miles Robinson||Syracuse||D||3.88|
|4. Zeiko Lewis||Boston College||F||3.89|
|6. Dominic Oduro||[Int'l Invitee]||D||3.90|
|8. Niko Hansen||New Mexico||F||3.91|
|9. Abu Danladi||UCLA||F||3.92|
Agility Test (5-10-5 shuttle)
|1. Zeiko Lewis||Boston College||F||4.20|
|3. Chris Odoi-Atsem||Maryland||D||4.22|
|4. Jakob Nerwinski||UConn||D||4.25|
|5. Dominic Oduro||[Int'l Invitee]||D||4.28|
|6. Eddie Sanchez||Portland||M||4.30|
|7. Daniel Johnson||Louisville||M||4.31|
|8. Robby Sagel||Penn State||D||4.32|
|9. Julian Gressel||Providence||M||4.33|
|10. Marcus Epps||USF||F||4.34|
Power Test (vertical jump)
|1. Chris Odoi-Atsem||Maryland||D||36.5|
|2. Miles Robinson||Syracuse||D||34.5|
|4. Niko Hansen||New Mexico||F||33.5|
|5. Marcus Epps||USF||F||32.5|
|8. Guillermo Delgado||Delaware||F||32|
|9. Aaron Jones||Clemson||D||31|