Soccernet Chat: Ask Janusz Michallik!
Janusz played 44 games with the US National Team from 1991 to 1994 and won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991 and US Cup in 1992. He won indoor National Championships with Louisville and Canton in 1986 and '87 respectively before enjoying a career in the MLS with the Columbus Crew and the New England Revolution.
Janusz holds a United States Soccer Federation 'A' coaching license and coaches with Connecticut's Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Youth Player Development Program (YPDP). He is currently the National Director of SoccerPlus FieldPlayer Academy, the Director of Coaching for FSASoccerPlus Premier Football Club, a soccer analyst for ESPN and serves on the Board of Directors for the US Soccer Foundation. A member of Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame, he is married to Marzena and has a son, Daniel.
Janusz won't be stopping by until 2 p.m. BST (9 a.m ET) on Friday but you can send your questions now and we will save them for his arrival.
Andy (Arlington, VA)
Does Beckham have what it takes to be the "trend setter" in the 5-man midfield?
Janusz (9:09 AM)
I am not sure if he has what it takes, I do agree with Ericsson's decision to play in that system. You saw what happened against Denamark and in my opinion both Gerrard and Lampard are offensive minded thus the need for someone to sit in behind them and distribute. For the longest time David Beckham wanted to play in that position, he actually did at Real Madrid so this may just be the answer. I am not sure if he is a consistent-enough ball winner so there may be extra pressure on Carragher and Rio Ferdinand. One thing is for sure, he can distribute the ball.
Do you think the arrival of Micheal Owen will benefit him and Newcastle United?
Janusz (9:12 AM)
On the surface, with Newcastle United being second to last in the table this does not look like the best of moves, however once Owen found out that Liverpool was not his destination you have to admit that this was a shrewd signing for Owen and Newcastle. They are a massive, massive club as you can tell when 20,000 supporters showed up to greet him. he will be a hero on par with Alan Shearer, that is of course if he produces goals. And more importantly he will be assured of a place in the first team.
Rohan, New Delhi
reyna's been playin well... a certain other correspondent called him the epls most over-rated player a while back... is his bubble gonna burst soon?
Janusz (9:15 AM)
Who am I to say if he is overrated, the bottom line is that he is playing very well and so is Manchester City for the moment. i think Claudio Reyna has a lot of quality and for anyone that knows Stuart Pearce as a coach anc player will know that if he thinks highly enough of him to make him the captain for one of their games that should be good enough.
Afe : Lagos, Nigeria
Do u feel Liverpool without signing a right winger or central defender or Owen is strong Enough to Challenge for the Premiership Title
Janusz (9:19 AM)
It is mind boggling to me that Benitez insisted that he does not need a Center forward (Owen) because he needs a Right winger and a Central defender. Yet at the deadline they have not gotten anyone, I can't argue that Michael Owen was not very expensive but I have a feeling that Benitez might regret not signing him.
Aminu musa (Abuja,Nigeria)
Hi jan.Do u think Man United have a realistic chance of winning the Premier league?
Janusz (9:25 AM)
When you talk about Manchester United you always have to think that they have a realistic chance of winning the league, after all they have won it so many times. If you look at their start in the league, they are very similar to Chelsea having won all their games without conceding a goal. Ruud Van Nistlerooy has been on target in every game and consider the fact that Wayne Rooney gets better every time out, you have to like their chances to challenge for the title. One difference however is the depth in their team, particularly in the midfield so over the course of the season you have to give the nod to Chelsea.
Hey Janusz, I just spent a year living abroad, and now that I'm back in the States, not only does that mean I can no longer watch you, Tommy, and Derek on Press Pass (as far as I know), but it also means that when it comes to actual soccer matches, I'm pretty much limited to reading post-game reports on the internet. Oh well....Nonetheless, some big matches in UEFA qualifying group 4 in the next week, with Israel travelling to Switzerland, and Ireland entertaining France. How do you see group 4 shaping up when it's all said and done?
Janusz (9:30 AM)
Roey, Watch for the UCL games on ESPN 2 this year... Group 4 is definitely one that will go down to the last game, for me France has the most quality since Zidane, Thuram and Makelele came back to the team, which I think gives the team a different spirit. We saw that in the friendly against the Ivory Coast. France will be on level points with Ireland and in my mind it will come down, to a large extent, to the match at Lansdown Road. WIthout going too deep in to all the scenarios, Israel could be the spoiler if they beat Switzerland this weekend. Somehow though I feel that France will win the group and Ireland will come in second and play in the playoff.
Andy (Arlington, VA)
What is your prediction for the US-Mexico match? Can the banged-up American squad clinch qualification? On another note, what are the lingering questions that the US squad must answer heading into the final qualifying matches and the World Cup?
Janusz (9:34 AM)
Well, this game is all about pride for the United States and Mexico. They will both qualify for the World Cup regardless of this outcome, however this is more than just a game, this is the Classico of this region. The US did not have a good showing in the first game at the Azteca stadium but then again, I can't remember the last time that Mexico has won on US soil. I hope this trend will continue. I think the most important thing for the US is to get healthy and to get players back from suspension, as I mentioned, in my mind they have already qualified but I am sure that the team that you see qualifying may not necessarily be the one that we see in Germany.
Rohan, New Delhi
i remember a certain james beattie who almost single handedly beat man utd when southampton won 1-0 a few yrs ago... whats hapnd?
Janusz (9:39 AM)
Well, for starters, James Beattie is injured. It happened last year at Southampton early in the season and as you saw it happened to him again in the first game against Man United. To be honest with you, I think James Beattie would be more successful if he stayed at Southampton as it is a much smaller club and the expectations are not the same as at Everton. No disrespect to Southampton and James Beattie but he was their top player that everyone was looking for.
Rohan, New Delhi
quick question - best signing in the epl this season?
Janusz (9:41 AM)
Rohan, that is a tough question. But you would have to say that Man United signing Van Der Sar has been a brilliant move. I know it is early going but Andy Cole is looking fantastic at the moment for Manchester City.
Keith (Toronto, Canada)
What're your predictions for the following games: USA v Mex, Spain v Serbs, Ireland v France, Wales v Eng, Scots v Italy, Poland v Austria? The USA/Mex matchup is effectively meaningless (they're both going thru), but still pride's at stake.
Janusz (9:45 AM)
Keith, let's see here. I will put away my bias on a few fronts here (or maybe not). Spain vs Serbia & Herzegovina...2-0 Spain. Ireland vs France....0-1 to France Wales vs England... 0-2 for England Scotland vs Italy... 0-0 Poland vs Austria...1-0 (here is my bias, as it probably will be more like 0-0) USA vs Mexico...1-1
What do you think of Mikael Silvestre?He scares me...I hold my breath every time he gets close to a hoofed ball in the area.Don't you think Brown is a better choice in that centre back position.
Janusz (9:48 AM)
I must say that I can't argue with you on that one Migori...In my mind Mikael Silvester can't decide if he is going to be a good or a great player. I still think he is best suited for the left side but with the emergence of Heinze he is forced to play in the center. I would not be surprised if it some point Wes Brown will not push him out of the Lineup.
Scott - Ajax, Ontario
Hey there Janusz, what do you think of the Rangers moves at the transfer deadline and what are their chances now of advancing in the Champions League? Follow, Follow
Janusz (9:53 AM)
You must say Rangers have been very active in strengthening themselves with the signings of Olivier Bernard, Francis Jeffers and Pipo Maniero. They have been very inconsistent in the Scottish Premiership and are still waiting to hit their stride. I am sure that Celtic and Hearts will still have a say in who will claim the title. As for the champions League, in my opinion they are still behind Inter and Porto in their group as far as quality and most importantly experience of being in the UCL. I do think however that they will not go down quietly and are capable of somehow making it out of the group.