Moment of the Year: Nordecke pays its respects to Urso

Crew supporters remember rookie midfielder

With an overwhelming 69 percent of the vote, Crew fans have chosen the many tributes to rookie midfielder Kirk Urso during the Black & Gold's August 15 match against the LA Galaxy as the 2012 Crew Stadium Moment of the Year. Urso passed away suddenly on August 5 due to a congenital heart defect. The midiflelder made six appearances and recorded an assist during his rookie season.

To honor Urso, the Nordecke went silent from 15:00-15:59 during the match, and followed with a bagpipes-led rendition of 'Amazing Grace.' Here are the accounts of Eric Gehrig and Ethan Finlay: 

"It was amazing for the crowd to do that. It just shows how much the fans, for one love us, and they love Kirk. It was a classy sign of respect. I know Kirk was looking down. I know his family was here and they really appreciated it too. Everything that was done today for Kirk was really good. There were definitely some emotional moments in the first part with that video. I know it brought some tears for us. Kirk was looking down on us and he'll be looking down on us from now on."- Eric Gehrig 

"It was definitely super special. I actually didn't really realize it at first, and then all of a sudden, the Nordecke went silent and so did the stadium. You could hear a cricket out on the field. It was definitely special. I'm sure the guys on the field were even looking around and wondering what exactly was going on, and then realizing.... It was a nice tribute to [Urso]."- Ethan Finlay

Moment of the Year voting:

Nominee #1 - First Kick 2012 1.59%

Nominee #2 - Flogging Molly Postgame concert presented by CD 102.5 3.49%

Nominee #3 - Rock on the Range 2012  0.32%

Nominee #4 - USA vs. Jamaica 25.4%

Nominee #5 - Nordecke goes silent for Urso 69.21%