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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.

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