announced Friday that its Executive Committee approved the amendment to the
allocation of the four U.S. berths in the CONCACAF Champions League
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.
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
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
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.
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."
League Soccer originally proposed the change to US Soccer Federation, which was
then subsequently approved. US Soccer submitted the request to CONCACAF.
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
winner of the CONCACAF Champions League advances to the prestigious FIFA Club
World Cup which takes place every December.
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