U.S. Soccer Release
CARSON, Calif. – UConn men’s soccer rising junior Jake Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) will attend the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team training camp on Aug. 5-8 in Carson, Calif. after receiving an invitation from head coach Andi Herzog.
The four-day training camp will give 28 players the opportunity to compete for a roster spot for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament to be held in October.
“I’m so happy for Jake and this opportunity,” said UConn head coach Ray Reid. “He personifies what our program is about. Jake is an outstanding leader, extremely coachable and a pure winner. I’m confident that he will do a great job at the training camp.”
Nerwinski, an American Athletic Conference Second Team member in 2014, was tabbed as one of two captains for the Husky squad in 2013. As a sophomore in 2014, he finished fifth on the team with seven points on two goals and three assists. He scored his first career goal against Seattle on Sept. 14, tallying the game-winner in the 30th minute. He was a key piece of the Husky defense that allowed just three goals in conference play and was ranked 19th in DI in shutout percentage.
The Lawrenceville, N.J. native burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2013, starting in 15 games and tallying five assists. He notched a pair of helpers in UConn's 2-1 victory over Quinnipiac in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and also helped the Husky defense record 12 shutouts.
“I’m very excited and thankful for this opportunity,” said Nerwinski. “I’m proud to go out and represent UConn men’s soccer on a national stage like this. It is very special.”
The U-23 MNT squad is coming off a 2-1 triumph over England en route to a third-place finish at the historic Toulon Tournament in early June.
The primary goal of the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is qualification for the quadrennial Olympic Games. Previously open to senior national teams, Olympic men’s soccer was restricted to the Under-23 age group beginning with the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Since that time, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team has participated in four of the six editions of the Summer Olympics – missing out on the tournament in 2004 and 2012 – and earning a team-best, fourth-place finish in 2000.
Nerwinski and the Huskies open up the 2015 preseason on Aug. 11 and will play a pair of exhibition matches against Rider (Aug. 16) and Syracuse (Aug. 22) before opening the season at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Aug. 28.
To keep up with the Huskies during the preseason, follow @UConnMSOC on Twitter. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtags #EveryGameMatters or #EGM for the 2015 campaign.