My name is Ken Krauss and I have been a life-long fan and player of the beautiful game called soccer, which at my age now is around 35 years. When I was younger, soccer in the United States was not nearly the game it is today. I remember regularly having to explain to people what soccer was and how it was played. Thankfully, awareness of the game has come a long way in this country, even to the point of having a successful, thriving professional outdoor league and a national team able to challenge any other country.

Save the Wizards, Sell the Royals

This photo of my friends and I ran in the KC Star several times and was also on ESPN.com

Competitively, I was a KS state select team player two years and an alternate to the midwestern regional ODP select team once. My club team as a kid also won the KS state championship one year, and I was a four-year varsity starter for my high school, including starting my first eligible high school game as a 13-year-old freshman goalkeeper. Although my truly competitive soccer career ended before adulthood, as an adult, I have continued to play recreational soccer for more than two decades while taking in as many professional games in person and on TV as possible including a majority of all the KC Wizards / Sporting KC games.
Wizards Girls with Chicos Malos

A photo of my friends and I with the Wizards cheerleaders was used on the Wizards website for a while.

The reason for this soccer blog is to try and pass on some of the knowledge given to me by many talented coaches and players I have been lucky enough to know and do my part to support a fertile environment for the sport in this country. Enzo DiPede (KC Comets), Billy Gazonas (KC Comets / Hermann Award winner), Warren Green (MISL), Gino Schraldi (KC Comets), Chris Damico (KC Comets / Attack), Doug McLagan (KC Comets), Huw Williams (FC KC and decades of soccer camps in KC), coaches of the US Olympic Development Program, William Jewell and Joe Machnick camps, and many other people have all contributed in a big way to how I played the game competitively and how I understand the game now.

Soccer as a game has not changed much in decades but soon the rapid pace of technological change will be altering the game — hopefully for the better. To that end, many of my blog topics will be analysis of soccer matches, players, and tactics using high-tech tools that have never existed before. For my day job, I am a computer consultant skilled in many areas from web development to databases to networking to security, so the idea of using technology to analyze and solve problems is far from new to me, but many of the concepts I would like to discuss here will be new simply because there was previously no way to implement them. Soccer is a very exciting and complex game, and I hope another website dedicated to the technical analysis of the beautiful game will make it just a little more beautiful and exciting while revealing deeper layers of its complexity.

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