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Major Link Soccer: Kevin Durant buys stake in Philadelphia Union

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The former Seattle SuperSonics player joins a growing list of athletes in other sports buying into Major League Soccer.

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Seattle

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MLS

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NWSL/Women’s Soccer

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USA

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World

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