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Rookie Jake Nerwinski earns first MLS Team of the Week selection

They say in professional sports you must make the most of the opportunities given, and Whitecaps FC rookie Jake Nerwinski certainly did that on Wednesday night at BC Place, setting up the game-winning goal in a thrilling 3-2 win over star-studded New York City FC.

In the 88th minute, with the match tied, Nerwinski received a ball from Techera at the near side corner, took a touch, and in textbook fashion delivered a ball to the far post that found the head of Yordy Reyna, who directed it into the top corner to seal the victory.

It capped off a strong performance from the 22-year-old right back, who also made a tackle to gain possession for the ‘Caps in the build-up to the goal. And on Friday he was recognized with his first MLS Team of the Week selection.

A two-year captain of the UConn Huskies and three-time member of the AAC All-Conference Team, Nerwinski was selected seventh overall by Whitecaps FC in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

The New Jersey native joins Kendall Waston, Tim Parker, Andrew Jacobson, Fredy Montero, Jordan Harvey, Cristian Techera, and Matias Laba as Whitecaps FC players to earn Team of the Week honours in 2017. The MLS Team of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the MLSsoccer.com editorial staff.