The announcement was made by Columbia head coach Kevin Anderson, who was selected to coach at the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine in Los Angeles from Jan. 8-12 for the second straight year, which was announced yesterday.
An initial list of 53 players was made yesterday for this year's MLS Combine, with other additions still to come. At the 2016 MLS Combine, a total of 60 players were in attendance, including former Lion Antonio Matarazzo, who was a third round pick by Orlando City SC in the MLS SuperDraft. This 2017 SuperDraft will take place on Jan. 13 in Los Angeles.
Tinari and Williams both put forth four years of impressive collegiate soccer, which culminated in an Ivy League title for the 2016 Columbia Lions.
A three-time All-Ivy League performer, Tinari proved on a yearly basis 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, New York, native earned first team all-conference accolades as a junior, scoring eight points on two goals and four assists, while matching that honor his senior season when the Lions hoisted the Ivy League trophy with Tinari as one of the tri-captains.
Of his many highlight-reel goals, Williams will be remembered 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, Florida, native was the pick for Ivy League Player of the Week after that performance, before he being awarded 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 against Cornell.