Michael Kraus (soccer)

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Michael Kraus
Personal information
Full name Michael Kraus
Date of birth (1984-09-10) September 10, 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder/Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Tucson
Number 12
Youth career
2003–2006 Creighton Bluejays
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Memphis Express 27 (13)
2005 Des Moines Menace 19 (5)
2007–2009 Kansas City Wizards 11 (1)
2012– FC Tucson 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 2, 2012.

Michael Kraus (born September 10, 1984 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American soccer player who currently plays for FC Tucson in the USL Premier Development League.


College and Amateur[edit]

Kraus played college soccer at Creighton University, where he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2006, the same year he served as Creighton's team captain. He was named First-Team All-MVC in 2006 and Second-Team All-MVC in 2005. He was named MVC Offensive Player of the Week four times in his collegiate career.

In 2004, Kraus played with the Memphis Express in the USL Premier Development League in 2004,[1] and played again in the PDL with Des Moines Menace in 2005.

In 2002, Kraus was named Tennessee Player of the Year as a high school senior. He played youth soccer for Memphis Futbol Club for 9 years under Coach Richard Bute.


Kraus was drafted 48th by the Kansas City Wizards in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. He made his MLS debut against Colorado Rapids on March 28, 2009, coming on as a 67th-minute substitute, and scored his first MLS goal one minute later. Kraus was released by Kansas City on March 23, 2010. (With the waiving of Kraus, the Kansas City Wizards roster was at the 24-player limit required by MLS.)


Des Moines Menace[edit]


Kraus is fifth youngest of six children. His father is a doctor of internal medicine in Memphis, TN. He majored in psychology at Creighton University. He enjoys watching Seinfeld re-runs and reading books by one of his favorite authors, Greg Iles.


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