Columbus Crew's Kirk Urso dies at 22

The Illinois native was a member North Carolina's NCAA title-winning team last fall, and the U.S. under-17 World Cup team in 2007.
Major League Soccer was struck by tragedy Sunday, as Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso died at the age of 22. No cause of death was immediately announced.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Police were called to a bar in Columbus at about 12:50 a.m. Sunday morning, and Urso was taken from there to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m.

Urso was in his first season in MLS after being selected by Columbus in the 2012 Supplemental Draft. His season had been sidetracked by injuries, and he had played in just six games. The midfielder let the University of North Carolina to a national championship in his final season at the school.

"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Columbus Crew and Hunt Sports Group are with the Urso family in this time of need," a team statement said.

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