Timbers to compete in CONCACAF Champions League

 

CONCACAF

announced Friday that its Executive Committee approved the amendment to the

allocation of the four U.S. berths in the CONCACAF Champions League

qualification process.

Beginning

with the 2014-2015 edition, the four U.S. berths will be awarded to: (1) the

MLS Cup champion, (2) MLS Supporters' Shield winner, (3) the MLS club with the

best regular season record in the conference opposite the Supporters' Shield

winner, and (4) the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion. The qualification method

for the third berth listed above replaces the slot previously awarded to the

MLS Cup runner-up.

In

light of the CONCACAF decision, the clubs representing the U.S. in the

2014-2015 Champions League will be:

Sporting Kansas City – MLS Cup 2013

champion

New York Red Bulls – MLS Supporters' Shield winner in

the 2013 regular season

Portland Timbers – MLS club with best regular season

record in the conference opposite the MLS Supporters' Shield winner

D.C. United – Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 2013 champion

Should

there be any duplication in the above U.S. berths, or if a Canadian club

captures any of the above, the U.S.-based MLS team with the next best regular

season point total, irrespective of conference, will claim the duplicated slot.

"Achievement

in the MLS regular season is important," said MLS Executive Vice President

for Competition, Technical and Game Operations, Nelson Rodriguez.

"Awarding a spot to the points leader from both conferences is a worthy

reward and confers greater importance on regular season matches."

Major

League Soccer originally proposed the change to US Soccer Federation, which was

then subsequently approved. US Soccer submitted the request to CONCACAF.

All

MLS clubs were made aware of the proposed change prior to the start of the 2013

season. Canada's lone Champions League berth is awarded to the winner of the

Canadian Championship.

The

winner of the CONCACAF Champions League advances to the prestigious FIFA Club

World Cup which takes place every December.

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