Urso’s soccer career started early. He played for the U.S. in the 2007 U-17 FIFA World Cup, making two appearances. He even scored a goal against Belgium in a 2-0 victory, the only one for the team at the tournament. The win propelled the team into the round of 16.
His career progressed at the University of North Carolina. There, he captained the team as they won the 2011 NCAA College Cup.
Having been passed over in the MLS SuperDraft, Urso was selected by Columbus with the 10th pick in the following Supplemental Draft. He impressed so much in the preseason that he earned a starting spot in the Crew’s starting XI for the season opener in Colorado. Urso became the de facto set piece taker for the team, earning his first career MLS point by picking up an assist after Chad Marshall headed in his corner kick during a home loss against the New York Red Bulls. Urso appeared in six games this season for Columbus (starting five of them) before having season-ending surgery due to an adductor tendinitis injury.
An autopsy didn’t give a specific reason behind his death. Toxicology reports will take about a month to come back.
UPDATE: Urso’s death was caused by an unknown, pre-existing heart condition.
A life lost too soon.
Be Massive, Kirk Urso. We’ll always walk together, black and gold forever.
Let's go crew!!! Huge game tonight!! #Crew96—
Kirk Urso (@kurso369) August 04, 2012