Crew Will Honor Kirk Urso's Memory, Invite Fans To Pay Respects

The Columbus Crew have announced plans to memorialize Kirk Urso and are inviting fans to pay their respects. Prior to Saturday's game against Toronto FC, a floral wreath featuring Urso's image will be placed at the feet of the Lamar Hunt statue in front of Crew Stadium.

There will also be a video tribute played in stadium before the game, followed by a moment of silence. Crew players and coaches will wear No. 15 armbands for the game, which will eventually be replaced by a patch on their shirts and a No. 15 insignia will be painted onto the pitch.

"We think these elements are a worthy tribute to a special person and member of the Crew family," Crew President and General Manager Mark McCullers said in a statement. "We are continuing to support the Urso family through these tough times, and are working with them to identify other concepts to ensure that Kirk's memory and legacy live on indefinitely."

Urso, 22, was declared dead early Sunday morning after reportedly collapsing while at a Columbus restaurant. An initial autopsy suggested he had died from natural causes.

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