(born March 4, 1957 in the United States
) is a former U.S. soccer
midfielder who six seasons in the North American Soccer League
and five in the Major Indoor Soccer League
. He also earned three caps
with the U.S. national team
between 1982 and 1985.
Youth and college
Fajkus grew up Wheaton, Illinois
, a suburb of Chicago
. He attended Wheaton Central High School
from 1973 to 1975. In his time on the Wheaton boy’s soccer team, he assisted on fifty-six goals in forty-three games which places fourteenth on the Illinois state high school career list.
Fajkus also played for the Sparta F.C. youth teams growing up. After graduating from high school, Fajkus attended Indiana University
where he played on the men’s soccer team from 1975 to 1978. During his four seasons, he scored thirty-eight games and assisted on thirty-eight other goals while the Hoosiers went to the 1976 and 1978 NCAA championship
In 1979, the Chicago Sting
of the North American Soccer League
(NASL) selected Fajkus in the NASL College Draft. He immediately stepped into the lineup, seeing time in nineteen games. Over the next five season, Fajkus was an integral part of the Sting as they went to the 1981 NASL championship. In 1984, Fajkus started the season with the Sting, but was traded on July 10, 1984 along with Ricardo Alonso
to the Golden Bay Earthquakes
for Manny Rojas
and Hayden Knight
At the end of the 1982 NASL season, the Sting entered the Major Indoor Soccer League
(MISL) during the NASL off-season. Fajkus found himself back in MISL when the Kansas City Comets
purchased his contract from the Earthquakes on September 19, 1985. Fajkus signed a two year contract and stayed with the club through the 1986-1987 season.
At the end of that season, he moved back to the Chicago Sting
for their last season in existence. Fajkus retired from playing professionally at the end of the season.
First game came in the only U.S. game of 1982 when the U.S. beat Trinidad Tobago
on March 21, 1982. He did not play again until October 6, 1984 when the U.S. defeated the Netherlands Antilles
. His last game came on May 15, 1985, another victory over Trinidad Tobago
Fajkus is a member of the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame.