Monday marked one year since the tragic death of Kirk Urso. Click here for a video tribute from the Columbus Crew.
Remembering Kirk Urso
March 6, 1990 - August 5, 2012
North Carolina, 2008-11
Kirk Urso was a member of the Class of 2012, a four-year letterman on the men's soccer team, which advanced to four successive College Cups. He wore the captain's band for the 2011 Tar Heels when they won the NCAA Championship, Carolina's second in the sport.
In the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Urso scored the tying goal to rally the Tar Heels past Coastal Carolina in the first round, assisted on the game winning goal against Saint Mary's in the quarterfinals and converted the opening penalty kick to lift the Tar Heels past UCLA in the semifinals.
But well beyond these accomplishments, Urso manifested a true love for his alma mater, exemplified by his role as a leader of distinction in the Carolina Leadership Academy, as a fixture on the student athlete advisory council and as a gifted student who was the ACC's Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
During his four years on campus, Kirk never met a stranger and his infectious smile imbued his life with the sense of purpose and resolve that was the envy of all he met.
A member of the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer, we lost Kirk at the tragically young age of 22.