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Major League Soccer executive and four-time MLS title winner Kevin Payne dies

By 2016 D.C. United Media Guide, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50740775

(AP) Kevin Payne, who was an executive with two Major League Soccer teams and was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2021, died Sunday. He was 69.

U.S. Soccer, MLS and D.C. United, which won four MLS titles and two U.S. Open Cups during Payne's tenure, put out statements confirming his death. The Washington Post reported that Payne died in Charleston, South Carolina, from a lung illness.

“He will always be remembered as a dedicated champion of our club, MLS, our community and soccer in the U.S.,” D.C. United's statement said.

Payne was president and general manager of D.C. United from 1994-2001 and then president and CEO of the team from 2004-2012. He also was president of Toronto FC from 2012-13, a member of the MLS Board of Governors for 18 years and the executive director and CEO of US Club Soccer from 2015-2021.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber called Payne “instrumental in the formation of the League” and that he had “helped build D.C. United into the first MLS dynasty.”

“Kevin leaves a legacy not only of success in business and sports, but he will also be remembered for his strong moral compass, his kindness, and his devotion to his friends and family,” Garber said in a statement. “His passing will be deeply felt by everyone at MLS and throughout the entire soccer community."

In NFL football Sunday:

The Green Bay Packers beat the Miami Dolphins 26-20.

The Los Angeles Rams clobbered the Denver Broncos 51-14.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers topped the Arizona Cardinals 19-16.

In men’s NBA basketball:

In New York, the Philadelphia 76s beat the New York Knicks 119-112.

The Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 139-118.

The Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns 128-125

The Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 124-115.

And the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 123-109.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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