UNITED POLL

What was D.C. United's most impressive accomplishment in 2006?

  • 4-0 Celtic
  • 1-1 Real Madrid
  • 8 All-Stars
  • Supporters’ Shield
  • 15-match unbeaten streak
NAME: Kevin Payne
POSITION: President and Chief Executive Officer

After careers as an award-winning radio journalist in New York City and as a marketing and special events executive in Vail, CO, Kevin Payne became the National Administrator of the United States Soccer Federation in 1989. In 1991, he moved to New York and became the Executive Vice President and, ultimately, the President of Soccer USA Partners, which owned all marketing, broadcast and event promotion rights to the U.S. National Team leading up to the 1994 World Cup.

In 1994, Payne created the first ownership group for D.C. United and the team began Major League Soccer play in 1996. Since then, D.C. United has become the most successful team in American professional soccer history, boasting nine major domestic and international championships. Payne serves as a board member and Chairman of the Technical Committee for the U.S. Soccer Federation, is the Vice Chairman of the U. S. Soccer Foundation and is a founding board member of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.