Former D.C. United president Kevin Payne takes over at Toronto FC

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TORONTO - Kevin Payne is the new president and general manager of Toronto FC.

The 59-year-old Payne spent the last 16 years with D.C. United, since its formation in 1996.

Under this guidance, the club won four MLS Cups.

Most recently he was president and CEO there.

He is charged with turning around a Toronto franchise that has not qualified for the playoffs since its formation in 2007. Payne will lead both team and business operations for the club.

Toronto went 5-21-8 this season to finish last in the league.

"Kevin brings a tremendous wealth of MLS experience and soccer leadership to our club," said Tom Anselmi, president and COO of MLSE. "He is a proven winner and knows what it takes to win in our league. We believe he is the right person to lead our club and a great fit for our community and most importantly our fans. "

Organizations: D.C. United, Toronto FC

Geographic location: Toronto

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