Michael Kraus (soccer)
|Full name||Michael Kraus|
|Date of birth||September 10, 1984|
|Place of birth||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|2005||Des Moines Menace||19||(5)|
|2007–2009||Kansas City Wizards||11||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 2, 2012.
College and Amateur
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 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
- USL Premier Development League Champions (1): 2005
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.