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.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
2018: 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. 2017: 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.
2018: 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. 2017: Nerwinski recorded one assist in his two starts in the Canadian Championship semifinal against the Montreal Impact.
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
2017: 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.
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
2017: 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.