The Crew finished up against Montreal in Orlando last night at 10pm. They are back in action less than 24 hours later in a memorial match and a labor of love for many involved, the Kirk Urso Memorial Match to benefit the Urso Fund.
Urso's story is well known to those that follow the team. His untimely passing and the rallying of support for those he touched was truly the story of the year for the 2012 season.
Today the Crew finishes the preseason squaring off against the other team that Kirk impacted as captain, champion, and friend for four years, the North Carolina Tar Heels soccer team. While Kirk touched many during his brief time in Columbus, his impact was far greater during his time in Chapel Hill.
Over the course of four years he played in 91 games, 80 of them starts. He scored 15 goals and 24 assists. Beyond that, he matured into the leader of a team that made four consecutive College Cups. He captained the side that won the 2011 College Cup.
Coaches and players at North Carolina spoke of his leadership and how he made those around him feel welcome and at ease. On the Crew, he remained humble off the field but let his play speak for itself as he made the opening day starting 11 as a rookie.
Today will celebrate the life of a man that impacted so many others.
I get to play today for you. We all love you and miss you so damn much! #KU15— Justin Meram (@JustinMeram) February 24, 2013
Heading to North Carolina with my brothers to honor a teammate that was taken too soon. #KU15— Josh Williams (@josh3williams) February 24, 2013
Just know you're not alone.... #KU15— Eric Gehrig (@eGehrig16) February 24, 2013
Let's go crew!!! Huge game tonight!! #Crew96— Kirk Urso (@kurso369) August 4, 2012