DURHAM, N.H. - New Hampshire men's soccer head coach Rob Thompson, adding to his 2005 recruiting class, has announced that Kyle Urso has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of New Hampshire and play soccer beginning in the 2005 season.

Urso, a midfielder from Lombard, Ill., has participated in the Chicago top talent program for the past three years. The top talent program trains elite Chicago-area players who forgo high school soccer to train year-round in the club setting.

Urso has played for the Chicago Sockers club team for the past four years, helping the squad to four consecutive state championships from 2001 to 2004. While with the Sockers, he was a part of the USYSA regional championship team in 2002 and the USYSA regional semifinalists in 2003 and 2004. Also in 2004, Urso helped his team finish in second place in the Dallas Cup.

After winning the regional title in 2002, Urso and the Sockers advanced to the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship in Bethesda, Md., where they finished third overall. He was a part of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Illinois state team in 1999, 2000, and 2003.

"I'm delighted Kyle has chosen UNH," Thompson said. "He is good with both feet, strikes the ball extremely well, and can play either wide or in central midfield."

Urso chose New Hampshire, a Division I member of the NCAA and the America East conference, over West Virginia and Bucknell. The UNH men's soccer program will welcome back 16 letterwinners from the 2004 squad that lost on penalty kicks to Binghamton in the conference tournament.

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