TFC agrees to move game following Crew player's death

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:22 PM ET

TORONTO - The death of Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso has pushed back Toronto FCs weekend fixture to Aug. 22, the league announced late Thursday.

With their MLS match originally scheduled for Saturday, Toronto FC head coach Paul Mariner accepted the change after the 22-year-old rookie was pronounced dead shortly after collapsing at a bar in Columbus on Aug. 5.

Earlier this week a coroner told reporters signs pointed to the former U.S. youth international passing away from natural causes.

Given the tragic circumstances we agreed to accept this change in the schedule, said TFC head coach Paul Mariner. Our thoughts are with the Urso family and everyone at the Columbus Crew during this difficult time.

The change will allow Crew players and coaches to attend Ursos funeral in the Chicago area on Saturday.

It is important for us to honour Kirks memory by attending his funeral, said Crew captain Chad Marshall. We are grateful to the league and Toronto FC for allowing us to move the game and for accommodating our request to be there for Kirk and his family.

The move puts the Reds in a tough spot later this month as theyll now play three games in the span of a week, ending with a massive Champions League group stage match against Santos Laguna on Aug. 28 at BMO Field.

Urso joins a list of recent MLS deaths after former FC Dallas midfielder Bobby Rhine, 35, suffered a heart attack last year and former Kansas City defender Uche Okafor, 43, passed away in 2011.


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