After wading through bitter relations with the United States Soccer Federation for more than six months, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll labor attorney John Langel brokered the deal that finally ended the U.S. women’s soccer team’s contract holdout.

Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and the rest of the American stars who won last summer’s World Cup agreed to a five-year deal Saturday, ending their month-long boycott of competition.