Kirk Urso: Columbus Crew 22-Year-Old Midfielder Passes Away

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 24:  Kirk Urso #15 of the Columbus Crew controls the ball against the Montreal Impact on March 24, 2012 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.   (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The Columbus Crew and Major League Soccer are mourning after news broke that rookie midfielder Kirk Urso passed away Saturday night, according to

The Crew's No. 10 overall pick in this year’s MLS Supplemental Draft was just 22 years old.

The team released a statement Sunday:

While the circumstances of Urso’s passing are still being determined, no further comments will be made at this time. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Columbus Crew and Hunt Sports Group are with the Urso family in this time of need.

Urso attended college at The University of North Carolina and was a soccer star there. He had 15 goals and 24 assists over his career there, and he captained the team to the 2011 NCAA Men’s College Cup.

The MLS rookie started the first five matches as a member of the Crew, but had been “recovering from right adductor tendonitis,” according to the reports. He had one assist and five shots in 2012.

At only 22 years old, this is an absolute tragedy; there was so much promise for the young star and a bright career ahead. As a born leader with a great work ethic, Urso was working towards being a powerhouse in MLS.

The loss of such a promising young star hurts the Columbus franchise and all of their support units on so many levels. This is truly a devastating blow.

As more details begin to emerge on this tragic situation, we will bring you any updates we can.