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DC United's Payne steps down as President/CEO

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Major League Soccer's DC United President & CEO Kevin Payne has left his post as club president to join another team, according to a Washington Post report.

Payne was "instrumental in the organization gaining a foothold in the Washington sports market and supervised the team's dominance in the league's early days," according to the paper.

For the past 10 years, Payne led an unsuccessful effort to build a new stadium in the metro area. The paper said a new investment group has taken a more active role since it acquired the team's operating rights during the summer. That same group will now head talks on a stadium project at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C.

Payne is expected to join another team soon, according to the paper. He told the SportsBusiness Journal that he was "excited about the next phase" of his life, but didn't offer specifics.
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