[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