Crew midfielder Urso has died

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Major League Soccer arose on Sunday morning to devastating news after the Columbus Crew announced that rookie midfielder Kirk Urso had passed away. He was 22.

The Crew issued a statement saying only that Urso had died, and that the cause of death was still being determined.

A four-year starter for the University of North Carolina, Urso captained the Tar Heels to the 2011 National Championship before being taken in the MLS Supplemental Draft by the Crew back in January.

Urso began the 2012 season as a starter for the Crew, starting the team's first five matches of the season. More recently, Urso was injured and was not with Columbus for its loss to D.C. United on Saturday night.

Urso is the first active MLS player to die during a season, and his passing has sent shockwaves throughout the league. Not only impacting his current teammates, and his many college teammates currently playing in the pros, but also the countless players who he played against and earned the respect of for his determined style of play.

Our condolences go out to the Urso family, the Crew and all the players affected by his passing.

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26 Responses to Crew midfielder Urso has died

  1. Mig22 says:

    Cheers to Urso and all the Crew fans. I’ve spent time in C-Bus with those awesome fans and I know that those folks are pretty down today. Sad times.

  2. drew11 says:


  3. Sean Doyle says:

    Kirk was a class act. Tragic news, just way too young.

  4. Eugene says:

    Shocking on so many levels that a 22 year old would suddenly pass away.

  5. Kosh says:

    This is tragic, tragic news. Only 22 years old, so young. My deepest condolences to the Urso family, his friends, his fans, and to the Crew all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers in this most trying of moments. so sorry to hear this and that it happened.

    RIP, Kirk. RIP.

  6. NE Matt says:

    RIP Captain Kirk. Hard to believe this is true. Condolences to the Urso family

  7. Old School says:

    Absolutely shocked.

    The entire soccer community mourns his loss.

  8. BigDave says:


  9. chris says:

    Wow really sad. RIP Kirk

  10. Lorenzo says:

    No matter how good he was or wasn’t, it’s terribly saddening when someone young passes away. I hope his family stays strong.

  11. Bubba says:

    So unforunate to hear about this young man’s passing. May God be with him and I I wish nothing but strengh to the MLS community, his family, and all the lives of people he came across in his short journey.

    RIP Kirk Urso

  12. Jamie Z. says:

    How awful. Tragic news.

  13. PD says:

    RIP and condolences to his family and the entire Crew community, on behalf of myself and all fans in Philly.

  14. Austin says:

    Maybe change the title of this story to “has passed away”. Seems a bit unprofessional to me. RIP Urso

  15. Charlie I says:

    Such a great kid. Why does something like this happen? I got to know Kirk while being an assistant with the u15 national team and just remember the great midfield of he, Danny Wenzel, Jared Jeffrey and David McVane. I feel so bad for his friends and family and wish I could do something to ease their pain. God bless you Kirk.

  16. 20 says:

    I agree the title should say passed away.. but it doesn’t really matter. The point is a young man has been taken away far too soon. RIP Kirk Urso

  17. adub says:

    RIP Kirk prayers for the family

  18. Timbers Fan says:

    “Passed away” is a euphemism. “Had died” is perfectly acceptable and more straight forward.

  19. montana matt says:

    What did he die of?

  20. NF says:

    “Passed away” is not appropriate for a news article and would probably get you an F in journalism class.

  21. shake says:

    Deaths like this seem to almost always happen because of heart complications that have gone undetected all of their lives.

    That or drug overdose, are really the only two things that can happen so suddenly.

    But I am no Doctor, just going off of probabilities…

  22. T Smith says:

    Classy tribute by Seatttle…this should be the US’ flagship team.

  23. Northzax says:

    Unprofessional? You know it’s what the New York Times often uses, right? Or just ‘is dead’

  24. Wm. says:

    What, did you get that from CSI Miami?

  25. JG says:

    Depends on perspective and religion actually.

    Christians tend to use died. As in, Christ died and resurrected.

    Jews tend to use passed away.
    link to

  26. Trent says:

    That comment is just sad.