Greg Janicki

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Greg Janicki
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Personal information
Full name Gregory Janicki
Date of birth (1984-07-09) July 9, 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Rochester, Michigan, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2003–2006 Michigan State Spartans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Michigan Bucks 5 (0)
2007 West Michigan Edge 15 (1)
2008 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 14 (0)
2008–2009 D.C. United 10 (0)
2010 Vancouver Whitecaps 26 (4)
2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10 (0)
2012–2014 San Antonio Scorpions 68 (4)
2015–2016 Indy Eleven 43 (4)
2017– Detroit City FC 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 27, 2018

Gregory Janicki (born July 9, 1984) is an American soccer player who last played for Detroit City FC in the NPSL.


Youth and college[edit]

Born in Rochester, Michigan, Janicki attended Anchor Bay High School, where he recorded a school soccer record of 74 goals and 32 assists in three seasons.[1] As a senior, he placed third in the voting for Michigan's Mr. Soccer Award.[1]

Janicki played college soccer for Michigan State University, playing 61 matches over four seasons. During his senior year, Janicki played in eighteen games, tallying two goals and an assist, and was named as a second-team member of the NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region team, and to the All-Big Ten First Team. During his college years, Janicki also played in the USL Premier Development League for both Michigan Bucks and West Michigan Edge.


Janicki signed his first professional contract in 2008, playing in the USL Second Division for Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Janicki appeared in 14 games for the Hounds, registering one assist. Following the conclusion of the 2008 USL-2 season, Janicki was loaned to D.C. United of Major League Soccer for the remainder of the year and signed to a developmental contract with D.C. United.[2][3] He made his debut for the team on October 1, 2008, in a group stage match of the CONCACAF Champions League 2008–09 game against Mexican side Cruz Azul.[4] He appeared in three league games and five Champions League matches in 2008, after which he was signed to a senior contract.[5]

Janicki was waived by D.C. United at the end of the 2009 MLS season.[6]

On December 23, 2009, Janicki signed a one-year contract with Vancouver Whitecaps of the USSF Division 2 Professional League.[7][8]

On December 10, 2010, it was announced that Janicki would remain with Vancouver Whitecaps FC as the club made the jump to MLS.[9] He stayed with Vancouver for the 2011 MLS season but the club declined his contract option for 2012. Janicki entered the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft and became a free agent after he was not selected.

On December 14, 2011, it was announced that Janicki signed with the expansion San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League for the 2012 season.[10]

On January 9, 2015, Janicki signed with NASL club Indy Eleven.[11]

On December 9, 2016, Janicki announced his retirement from soccer.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Player Bio: Greg Janicki". CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Butler, Brian (September 16, 2008). "Teams beef up rosters prior to freeze deadline". Major League Soccer. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved April 15, 2009.
  3. ^ Major League Soccer (September 12, 2008). "D.C. United signs Thabiso Khumalo and Greg Janicki". Washington, D.C. Retrieved April 15, 2009.
  4. ^ Match Statistics (PDF). Washington, D.C.: CONCACAF. October 1, 2008. Retrieved April 15, 2009.[dead link]
  5. ^ Goff, Steve (February 19, 2009). "DCU Roster Update". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 15, 2009.
  6. ^ RSL adds Thompson in MLS Waiver Draft
  7. ^ Whitecaps sign Steele and Janicki Archived January 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Whitecaps Sign Jonny Steele And Greg Janicki". Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  9. ^ "Whitecaps FC add Canadian international and 2010 USSF D-2 Defender of the Year | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". December 9, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  10. ^ "Scorpions FC Introduces Player Signees, Assistant Coaches | North American Soccer League". December 14, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "DEFENDER GREG JANICKI ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT". Indy Eleven. December 9, 2016. Archived from the original on January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2017.

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