Philadephia Union players' connections to Urso

Union react to sad news of Crew midfielder's passing

Kirk Urso

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"Words cannot express the loss that so many people have felt with the passing of a dear friend, Kirk Urso.  Kirk was somebody that inspired the people around him to be better.  He lead by example and anybody that came across him cannot deny that he has made them a better person.  Kirk has touched so many people in his life and he will be greatly missed by all that knew him", expressed Union defender Sheanon Williams who played with Urso on the U17 World Cup team as well as at University of North Carolina.

Also on the U17 World Cup team, Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath, who said "Kirk was an amazing person, always working hard to capture his dream, on and off the field. He will be deeply missed by everyone that knew him."

Team Manager John Hackworth was the coach of that U17 World Cup team, where Urso came off the bench and scored the game-winning goal against Belgium.  "Kirk was one of the best kids that I have ever had the pleasure of working with (and I am not only talking about his soccer skills)”, commented Hackworth. “He was just a great person. I truly respected the way Kirk went about his life. I was so proud of what he accomplished after he left Residency. He will be deeply missed by all who had the good fortune to know him!  My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Said Paul Rushing, Head Athletic Trainer for Philadelphia Union, “I had the privilege of being the athletic trainer for the U17 MNT Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida with Kirk Urso, John Hackworth and numerous current and former Union players. Kirk was a great player, and more importantly, an even better person. He always worked very hard and always had a smile on his face. Was great to see kids like Kirk leave the Residency Program and go on to be successful players in college and beyond.  My deepest sympathy goes out to all his family members, former teammates, friends, and others that knew Kirk Urso. Very sad news today.”

Michael Farfan was in Residency in Bradenton with Urso, along with his brother Gabriel and Amobi Okugo, in addition to playing with him at UNC.

Union defender, Raymon Gaddis, grew up playing with Urso and shared  "Kirk will be missed - a great guy on and off the field. Growing up playing against and with each other and sharing so many memories. Now with his sudden death, makes me cherish the time I have with others so much more. I will miss my childhood friend."

Greg Jordan played with Kirk Urso at the club level.

Like the rest of the soccer community, Philadelphia Union were rocked by the sad news of the passing of Columbus Crew midfielder, Kirk Urso, as expressed by CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “No parent should ever suffer such tragic loses. On behalf of the entire Philadelphia Union organization, our hearts, condolences and prayers go out to the Urso family and everyone the Crew organization. They and their families will be in our thoughts and prayers."