December 16, 2016
LOCAL COMBINE FOR COLUMBIA DUO
Tinari, Williams to participate in Red Bulls event; Anderson to coach at MLS combine
NEW YORK - Columbia University seniors Andrew Tinari and Rhys Williams will take part in a local combine held by the Red Bulls over the next two days.
The announcement was made by Columbia head coach Kevin Anderson, who was selected to coach at the MLS player combine in Los Angeles from Jan. 8-12 for the second straight year.
An initial list of 53 players was announced Thursday for the ombine, with other additions still to come. At the combine, 60 players particiapted, including former Lion Antonio Matarazzo, a third-round pick by Orlando City SC in the MLS SuperDraft. This 2017 SuperDraft will take place in Los Angeles Jan. 13.
Tinari and Williams played four years at Columbia, which won the 2016 Ivy League title.
A three-time All-Ivy League performer, Tinari proved to be one of the top midfielders in the Northeast. His best scoring season came when he won conference rookie of the year accolades in 2013, tallying five goals and three assists while playing in all 16 games.
The Holbrook, N.Y. native earned first team all-conference honors as a junior, scoring eight points on two goals and four assists, while matching that accolade his senior season with Tinari as one of the tri-captains.
Of his many highlight-reel goals, Williams may be known for his two-goal performance against Michigan his sophomore season, when the Lions posted a season opening 3-0 victory over the Wolverines.
The Weston, Fla. native was the pick for Ivy League Player of the Week after that performance, before second team All-Ivy League accolades that season. Williams was an integral part of the title run in 2016, as the defensive midfielder posted two goals on the year while adding assists in Columbia's 3-0 victory over Penn and in the crown-clinching 4-0 win over Cornell.