Biography of retired USMNT soccer player Janusz Michallik who played in the MISL, AISA, and MLS before becoming a broadcaster.
Caps: 44 | Goals: 1
Janusz Michallik was a hard-working, stay-at-home defender who provided depth on the backline in the run-up to the 1994 World Cup. The son of a Polish national team player, Michallik was an original member of the Columbus Crew who has played at nearly every level of American professional soccer. He can now be found imparting his wisdom at SoccerPlus Camps and with the Olympic Development Program in Connecticut as well as on TV where he is a commentator for ESPN’s soccer coverage.
After his playing career, Janusz became a broadcaster working for ESPN and a youth soccer coach.
Played 12 times, starting seven games in the run-up to the 1994 World Cup.
Scored a goal and two assists in nine games with the National Team. Scored the only goal of his international career against Saudi Arabia in a 2-0 win on April 9th.
Earned first National Team cap vs. Uruguay on May 5th. Helped US win US Cup.
Inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.
Signed with New England where he started 14 of 18 games for the Revolution.
Started six of 10 games for the Crew.
Drafted 62nd overall by Columbus Crew in inaugural MLS Draft for whom he started 28 out of 31 games.
Played for Boston Bolts in APSL.
Won AISA championship with Canton Invaders.
Won AISA championship with Louisville Thunder.
Spent one season with the Cleveland Force in the MISL.
Played 10 games for Gwardia Warsaw before leaving for the United States as a 16-year-old.
Youth and College
Played on the Polish junior national team before emigrating to the United States. His father Kris played for the Hartford Bicentennials of the NASL in 1976. Was an accomplished table tennis and hockey player as a child.