Venue Change for Sunday’s Inaugural Kirk Urso Memorial Match

Match benefitting the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund now being played at UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium

COLUMBUS, OH Feb. 23, 2013 — Due to inclement weather, Sunday’s inaugural Kirk Urso Memorial Match in Greensboro, N.C. has been moved to the UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium. The contest between the Columbus Crew and the University of North Carolina Men’s Soccer Program was originally scheduled to be played at Macpherson Stadium in Browns Summit, but due to the amount of rain the area has received over the past two days, that surface is no longer playable. All other details of the match remain the same. Updated information is below.

Kirk Urso Memorial Match - Columbus Crew vs UNC Tar Heels

WHAT: Inaugural Kirk Urso Memorial Match benefitting the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund
WHO: Columbus Crew vs. University of North Carolina
WHEN: Sunday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET
WHERE: UNC Greensboro Stadium – 1408 Walker Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27403

All proceeds from the Black & Gold’s match against UNC will benefit the Crew Soccer Foundation’s Kirk Urso Memorial Fund. The Urso Fund was launched in late 2012 to support heart health research and programming in memory of the Crew midfielder who passed away at the age of 22 from a congenital heart defect last August.

Urso was originally selected by the Crew in the first round (No.10 overall) in the 2012 Supplemental Draft, and appeared in six games (five starts) with one assist last season before being sidelined by injury. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he made four consecutive NCAA Men’s College Cup Final Four appearances and captained the team to the 2011 NCAA National Championship. Urso was admired for his unwavering work ethic and steadfast character both on and off the field.

The match pits the Crew against Urso’s college alma mater at Macpherson Stadium in Browns Summit, N.C. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on game day (the student price on game day will remain $10). Standard seating and lawn seating are both available, with all tickets serving as general admission. Tickets can be purchased by visiting, with donations for the Urso Fund accepted via the same URL. Additionally, there will be auction items at the match benefitting the Urso Fund, including: 2013 Columbus Crew team-signed items, UNC men’s basketball tickets, a signed ball from U.S. Women’s National Team legend Mia Hamm and more.

The Urso Memorial Match caps the Black & Gold’s preseason camp following an 18-day trip to Orlando, Fla. for the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. The Crew begins the 2013 MLS regular season on March 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. against Chivas USA.

Founded in 2003 as the charitable arm of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, the Crew Soccer Foundation utilizes soccer as a vehicle to serve at-risk youth through education, field development and healthy lifestyles. The Crew Soccer Foundation’s core areas of philanthropic focus are literacy and scholarships; soccer field creation, refurbishment and programming in underserved communities; and, heart disease risk and prevention, concussion awareness and childhood obesity.

Founded by American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, the Columbus Crew is Ohio’s Major League Soccer club, anchoring a diverse sports and entertainment enterprise. One of the League’s Charter Members, it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008, and has also won the 2002 U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The club begins its 18th MLS season on March 2, 2013 – its 15th campaign at first-of-its-kind Crew Stadium.

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