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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — If the Whitecaps are going to improve their dismal offence from last season, they’re going to need more contributions from up and down the lineup. 2019 saw Vancouver score a paltry 37 goals. The 8-16-10 Whitecaps offence struggled immensely. A boost in production from the back line is a must this season.

In his fourth season with Vancouver, Jake Nerwinski is looking to do everything he can to add another threat to the Whitecaps attack. The Lawrenceville, New Jersey native made 26 appearances last season, scoring his first MLS goal on August 24 against San Jose.

As a rookie in 2017, Nerwinski racked up five assists in 19 appearances. Over the past two seasons he has been challenged to contribute offensively with just one assist.

Nerwinski’s positioning and work rate defensively has improved. Finding a balance where he can help out on offence without his defensive game slipping will be key.

“As a team as a whole, we weren’t happy,” Nerwinski explained to Har Journalist earlier this week. “If you look at everybody individually they would probably say they weren’t happy individually with how we performed.

I definitely think I have more to my game that I didn’t show as much last year. I think I was stronger defensively. I want to be more active in the attack this year for sure.”

Whether it’s delivering crosses, moving the ball quickly, or jumping up in the play, Nerwinski wants to be more involved in the Vancouver attack.

“Yeah I think it’s a smorgasbord of all those,” Nerwinski said. “It’s needing to be higher up the field at the right times, picking when I make my runs, and completing that final ball with quality.”

The 25-year-old Nerwinski is not taking a spot in the starting lineup for granted. Erik Godoy, Derek Cornelius, and Jasser Khmiri could also find themselves playing right back at some point.

Nerwinski wants to make sure he does everything he can to be a starter.

“I never want to assume that I’m the starter,” Nerwinski explained. “I want to earn my spot throughout preseason. I don’t want to be comfortable at all. I’m going to take this preseason as a time to prove that I can be a starter and hopefully I will be.”

While Nerwinski is a candidate, Coach Marc Dos Santos feels he has several options at right back.

“I think Jake has to see a little bit more how he fits in with the full picture of how we want to play,” Dos Santos explained. “He has a lot of important and good tools. He has to start believing even more in the tools that he has. In his first year, he got five assists. He could get that on a consistent basis. He he needs to believe in the tools he has.

Erik (Godoy) playing right back is also a possibility for competition depending on how the centre backs fit in. It’s all about competition, it’s all about you being ready to try to win the spot. I’m never going to be here saying that this guy is the starter, that guy is the starter.”

Jake Nerwinski is ready to bounce back and show that he can bring more to his game. The Whitecaps will be hoping he can make a big difference in the attack. Vancouver opens the season on February 29 vs Sporting Kansas City at B.C. Place.

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VANCOUVER, B.C – After a terrific first season in Major League Soccer, Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper, Max Crépeau is determined to show that he can be even better next season. 2019 was a challenging season for 8-16-10 Whitecaps FC, but Crépeau was a bright spot. He kept Vancouver in several matches they had no business being in.

The 2019 BMO Whitecaps FC Player of the Year, set personal MLS career highs with 26 games started, seven wins, five clean sheets, and 114 saves. On August 24, Crépeau’s set an MLS record by making 16 saves in a match.

When Whitecaps FC kicked off training camp, Crépeau wasn’t a sure fire lock to be the number one goalkeeper in Vancouver. Zac MacMath was in contention, but it was Crépeau who quickly showed his talents and solidified his role as the number one.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Manager, Marc Dos Santos believes in Crépeau, and he wants to see him continue to push himself next season. In a competitive league like MLS, Crépeau will have to show that he can shine even brighter in 2020.

“He needs to challenge himself to stay at that level and keep pushing to play at that level,” Dos Santos explained. “If we were a playoff team, he would have been in the top three goalkeepers of MLS, in my opinion. He’s somebody that pushes himself a lot. He’s a goalkeeper with a lot of good qualities. He’s good at coming out on crosses, good shot-stopper, and good with his feet.

He needs to continue doing what he’s done this year, and keep it in a steady way. His last two years, if you’re talking about 2018, and being USL Goalkeeper of the Year, and 2019, being a key player for our club. If he continues in that path, he’s going to have a great future.”

Heading into his second full season in MLS, Crépeau wants to show that he isn’t just a flash in the pan. The best keepers in the world are able to take their game to another level. They’re always striving to be better each season.

What’s the secret for Crépeau next season?

“Yeah, you said it. The secret is to be consistent.” Crépeau explained.

“This upcoming year, I think is the consistency,” Crépeau shared with Har Journalist. “I need to erase those little mistakes in the game, that can’t happen a few times in the season. To become the face of this team as well. I know the mentality the core group wants to be. They want to have a good identity on and off. I can be one of those guys to lead people, to achieve that. It depends on how willing the group will be to come together in January, and February. I can be a guy that can step up in moments and talks through to have higher standards with the club.”

As well as consistency, part of being an elite shot-stopper means having that drive, and determination to succeed. Crépeau has an off the chart compete level that brings out the best in him.

Whether it’s a match, training, or just working out, he wants to excel.

Crépeau’s teammates know just what kind of competitor they have in net.

“Yeah, he’s a great professional,” Jake Nerwinski revealed. “He comes out here and he’s pissed off that he just lost a small sided game. I don’t think he’s over it yet. I think that shows his character, will, and drive. This is was his first year in MLS, and I think he’s still got a lot more to go, he’s still learning. He’s going to build off of this.”

If the Greenfield Park, Quebec native, is going to pick off where he left off, he’s going to need more help.

In 34 games, Whitecaps FC scored 37 goals, while surrendering 59 goals against.

Unless you’re Carey Price, it’s hard to win when you’re keeper has to keep a clean sheet.

“Yeah, he was huge this year,” Nerwinski said. “He was our most valuable player and we gave him that award, he deserves it. We hope that we don’t have to rely on a goalie like that. I think he doesn’t want to be relied on like that as well. He knows that he’s a big deal to this team. I think going forward we want to make it a little bit easier on him.”

As Whitecaps FC look to improve the team during the off-season, goalkeeper is one position where Vancouver doesn’t have to worry about. Max Crépeau is ready to lead Vancouver on and off the pitch next season.

 

 

 

 

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VANCOUVER, B.C – It’s been three weeks since Whitecaps FC’s season concluded, and the team is already looking forward to the future. In a flurry of activity last week, Whitecaps FC picked up three player options, while also saying goodbye to seven players..

Jake Nerwinski had his option picked up, and he will be back for the 2020 campaign.

“Yeah, I’m happy,” Nerwinski explained to Har Journalist following training on Tuesday. “This is the first club that I’ve been at professionally. It means a lot that they value me as a player, want me back, and see growth in me. I’m in their plans going forward. It means a lot. I want to see this club succeed.”

In his third full season with Vancouver, Nerwinski started 24 games, and he scored his first career MLS goal.

It wasn’t an ideal season for Whitecaps FC. Vancouver finished with an 8-16-10 record, and last place in the western conference. The tactical adjustment period for Nerwinski and his teammates under first year MLS head coach, Marc Dos Santos was a battle. Vancouver struggled with consistency, chemistry, and building confidence.

Having gone through ups and downs this season, Nerwinski believes next season will be better.

“I always have room for improvement in my game.” Nerwinski explained. “I have a lot of things that I want to work on. I want to work on getting forward more effectively. I didn’t think I did that well this year. I know it was tough with how our season went. I think that I could be more effective like I was in my first year. As the season went on, I was a lot better defensively. I want to keep growing in that respect, because, defence first for a right back. I want to be able to lock down my side.”

The former University of Connecticut standout, made 19 appearances in his 2017 rookie campaign, and picked up five assists. Nerwinski was an offensive threat on the right flank under former Whitecaps FC Manager, Carl Robinson.

Heading into his second season with Marc Dos Santos, Nerwinski feels he has a better understanding of what the coaching staff wants to do tactically.

“It was definitely a completely new system from my first two years,” Nerwinski talked tactics. “I think it was a little bit of a learning curve. I think as the season went on, they were very good with helping me out. Going over film and seeing what I can do better. After a while, I definitely started to get it. There’s always still room for improvement.”

The process to re-up Nerwinski for the following season was a speedy operation.

“It was done pretty quick,” Nerwinski said. “Right after the season ended. I met with Marc (Dos Santos), and Greg (Anderson). They said that they were picking up my option. They wanted me to be a part of the team next year. They see me as part of the future going forward.”

In the world of professional sports, job security comes and goes. You can be comfortable one day, and packing up your belongings and moving to a new city, the next day. That’s what former Whitecaps FC players, Brett Levis, Scott Sutter, Sean Melvin, and Brendan McDonough are facing. Nerwinski is glad to have his future sorted for next season.

“A lot of options were declined,” Nerwinski said. “You never really know if you’re safe or not. I’ve had conversations with Marc, prior to the end of the season, they were all good ones. I wasn’t worrying too much, but you can never be too sure.”

It’s been a fantastic few weeks for the Lawrenceville, New Jersey native.

Nerwinski proposed to his long time partner, Allie Auletta. They’re planning a lovely wee holiday across the pond, he has a new contract, and his beloved Oakland Raiders are in the hunt for a AFC playoff spot.

“I’m going to finish training here, and then I’m going to go home to New Jersey for a month and a half. Then a little vacation with my fioncee. It’ll be nice. We’re going to Ireland for 12 days. Beautiful Ireland, in December. I’m making my missus happy.”

Everything, is coming up, Jake Nerwinski.

“My birthday was last week, so it’s been a big month for me,” Nerwinski laughed. “The Raiders aren’t terrible, so it’s going pretty well right now. I have nothing really to complain about. All good on my end.”

The 25-year-old, Nerwinski, knows he isn’t going anywhere, he can put down roots in Vancouver.

In terms of buying a house in Vancouver, that’s still a bit of a challenge.

“I have not bought a house. In Vancouver? C’mon, you know how much I make.”

“I’m saving as much as I can right now.”

Heading into next season, Nerwinski is due a pay increase from his 2019 salary of $124,125.

“That’s public knowledge, so yes, I do have a bit of a pay raise.”

On and off the pitch, Jake Nerwinski has a promising future ahead of him. He’ll enjoy some rest, and relaxation with his bride to be, and he will be ready to help Vancouver Whitecaps FC strive forward next season.

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