Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Portland in, Real Salt Lake out
December 14th, 2013 2:19AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  concacaf champions league, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Portland, not Real Salt Lake, will join Sporting Kansas City,  the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United as the fourth U.S. representative in the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League following its approval of the U.S. Soccer’s request to amend the qualification process to give a berth to the winner of the conference opposite the MLS Supporters’ Shield winner, not the MLS Cup runner-up.

In January, MLS proposed the change to the USA’s qualification rules that was submitted by U.S. Soccer for Concacaf approval, which came Friday at the meeting of its executive committee.

MLS believes that this change would make finishing first in each conference more significant.

If one team were to qualify with multiple berths or a Canadian MLS team were to qualify, the berth would then go to the U.S. MLS team with the next best regular season record.
 
The four U.S. spots go to:

1. MLS Cup winner
2. Supporters' Shield winner (team with best regular-season record)
3. Winner of the conference opposite the MLS Supporters’ Shield winner
4. Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup winner


3 comments
  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: December 14, 2013 at 8:39 a.m.
    While I can understand the reasoning behind this decision, it really should have been made before the 2013 MLS season, not after. The decision should have been made effective the next season, not retroactive on the already completed season.

  1. DonJuego Lee
    commented on: December 14, 2013 at 8:58 p.m.
    Ken Jamieson you are exactly right. This is tantamount to changing the rules after the game. RSL deserves that CCL spot. It is unbelievable how often Garber will compromise his integrity.

  1. Andrew Muzik
    commented on: December 15, 2013 at 6:56 a.m.
    CONCACAF is in charge of the CCL league. They are the ones who decide which teams will be included. MLS submitted this in January to US Soccer,I don't know if anyone asked that it be effective at a certain time or season. But CONCACAF didn't have to abide by such a request anyway.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Roster: U.S. U-17 girls head to camp     
Twenty-four players have been named to a 24-player U.S. U-17 girls national team squad by Coach ...
Video Pick: All 11 players in on England U-21 goal    
England beat Germany 3-2 in a U-21 friendly earlier this week. James Ward-Prowse scored the gamewinner ...
What They're Saying: Raheem Sterling    
"It's not about the money at all. ... I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. ...
What They're Saying: Florida state senator Jeremy Ring    
"My guess is every one of you has seen a coach, a parent-coach, on the other ...
MLS adds to Fred suspension    
For the second week in a row, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has added a game to ...
Mexico and Argentina friendlies average 56,500    
Just how strong is the U.S. market for international soccer? Mexico and Argentina both played two ...
Road to Russia: Kluivert's Curacao advances    
Former Dutch great Patrick Kluivert has led Curacao to the second World Cup 2018 qualifying round ...
Klinsmann, ever the optimist, refuses to buckle    
Another blown lead didn't prevent U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his players from finding positives ...
Video Pick: Soccer meets 'Game of Thrones'     
Does Brek Shea look like Brienne of Tarth? Lionel Messi like Bran Stark? You can be ...
What They're Saying: Jozy Altidore    
"I want to apologize to our fans and my teammates. Emotion got the best of me ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives