Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 8/5/12
Though he had only been a professional soccer player for a matter of eight months, Kirk Urso had ties throughout the American soccer community. Former teammates, opponents and friends came to grips with the devastating news that Urso passed away at the age of 22 Sunday morning. The Twitter messages came in from all corners, from former Columbus Crew goalkeeper Brad Friedel to fellow University of North Carolina alumnus Mia Hamm. Urso's death devastated teammates, and even touched those who briefly knew him. His carefree personality off the field and fierce determination on the field captivated people across the country. "I'm not sure I ever saw anything but a smile on his face, he was just a happy kid," said Real Salt Lake midfielder Will Johnson, who grew up with Urso in the suburbs of Chicago. "He worked extremely hard to become a pro, which was always his dream." To understand why Urso made such an impression on so many people at such a young age, you need only talk to Philade...
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