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D.C. United managing partner Jason Levien speaks in Washington, D.C., on July 25, 2013, to announce the signing of a public-private partnership to build a new soccer stadium. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

While the U.K.’s Premier League prepares to start its season, North America’s top soccer league is already past the halfway point this year. Lawyers on both sides of the pond, however, are busy finalizing deals that will reshuffle the ownership of two top soccer teams.

The American Lawyer reported this week on three Global 100 firms advising on the sale of Arsenal F.C. to U.S. billionaire E. Stanley Kroenke, a transaction that values the historic franchise at roughly $2.3 billion. Now Jason Levien, formerly of Greenberg Traurig and Williams & Connolly, has finalized a separate deal that will see him take control of Major League Soccer’s D.C. United.

The team has flopped on the field this year—D.C. United is currently in last place in MLS’ Eastern Conference—but it also remains one of the most valuable franchises in MLS. Forbes.com valued the club last summer at $230 million, up from a $155 million valuation the year prior. A little more than a decade ago, a group advised by Paul Hastings bought D.C. United for a mere $33 million. In mid-July, the team moved into Audi Field, a new 20,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium near the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

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