Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wizards Waive Kraus

The Wizards have made themselves compliant with the MLS roster regulations today as they made their last cut from their roster. The unfortunate player is forward, Michael Kraus. In the past few preseason games that I had seen, Kraus was not playing up top or in the midfield where he'd been playing lately, but in defense as a wingback. This to me pointed to Kraus' impending release. The same thing happened last year to former open tryout participant, who was waived after he'd spent time trying to find a spot on the field.

In his 3 seasons with KC, Kraus only in the last season had he really gotten playing time. Before the 2010 season, Kraus had only appeared in 2 games in all competitions, a 31 minute playoff appearance and a 57 minute appearance against Seattle in the open cup. Last year was Kraus' most productive in KC, making all 11 of his MLS appearances totally 147 minutes and scoring one goal against Colorado. He made 1 more appearance in the open cup, playing 98 minutes and scoring a goal in KC's penalty kick shootout win over Minnesota. He also made two sub appearances in the SuperLiga last year, picking up a red card against Santos. For his career he appeared in 16 competitive games for a grand total of 351 minutes played. In the previous exsistentence of the reserve league, Kraus appeared in 23 games, totally 1,376 minutes played, scoring 3 goals and getting 6 assists.

The team roster is now set for at least the start of the season. While there still are a few questions and additions (Mauro Fuzetti and Suninl Chhetri) and subtractions can take place, here is the Wizards 24 man roster for tomorrow's deadline.

Goalkeepers: Jimmy Neilsen, Eric Kronberg
Defenders: Korede Aiyegbusi, Matt Besler, Jimmy Conrad, Pablo Escobar, Michael Harrington, Aaron Holhbein, Jonathan Leathers
Midfielders: Davy Arnaud, Stephane Auvray, Birahim Diop, Roger Espinoza, Santiago Hirsig, Jack Jewsbury, Igor Kostrov, Chance Myers, Craig Rocastle, Ryan Smith, Graham Zusi
Forwards: Teal Bunbury, Zoltan Hercefalvi, Kei Kamara, Josh Wolff

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