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|Full name||Gregory Janicki|
|Date of birth||July 9, 1984|
|Place of birth||Rochester, Michigan, United States|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2003–2006||Michigan State Spartans|
|2007||West Michigan Edge||15||(1)|
|2011||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||10||(0)|
|2012–2014||San Antonio Scorpions||68||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 10, 2017.
Youth and college
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. As a senior, he placed third in the voting for Michigan's Mr. Soccer Award.
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. 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. He appeared in three league games and five Champions League matches in 2008, after which he was signed to a senior contract.
Janicki was waived by D.C. United at the end of the 2009 MLS season.
On December 10, 2010, it was announced that Janicki would remain with Vancouver Whitecaps FC as the club made the jump to MLS. 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 9, 2016, Janicki announced his retirement from soccer.
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