Team president Payne to be an owner

July 28, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Billionaire soccer fan Philip Anschutz is reducing the number of MLS teams he controls from five to four with the sale of D.C. United, a move officials hope will help expedite construction of a new stadium for the four-time league champions. United announced Thursday that its operating rights will be sold to a local group led by team president Kevin Payne and businessmen Willi Lauterbach and Tim Kissler. The team said the price tag is the largest paid for an MLS team, but it did not ...

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