Champions League Qualification Could Be Changing For MLS

Champions League Qualification Could Be Changing For MLS

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 11, 2013
  • CONCACAF Champions League

A report from’s Brian Straus states that Major League Soccer has proposed to CONCACAF a change in one of the qualifying spots for the Champions League.

The league’s competition committee wants to take away the MLS Cup runner-up’s spot and award it to the club that finished with the best regular season record in the conference opposite the Supporters Shield winner. A move that honestly just makes total sense from a competition standpoint and allows the regular season to have just a little more meaning to it.

But according to Straus, CONCACAF hasn’t signed off on the change.  If it does pass however, the Portland Timbers will be in the CCL next year alongside the New York Red Bulls (Supporters’ Shield champion) and D.C. United (US Open Cup champion).

To go a little further with this, under the system MLS has proposed, the Timbers already would have booked a spot in the 2014-15 CCL  because they finished first in the Western Conference. The MLS Cup champion then would take the final berth. But if Portland wins the title on Dec. 7, the last CCL spot would go to Sporting Kansas City, the unqualified club with the best regular season record.

Straus also was able to squash a rumor that was going around that suggested that CONCACAF and the NASL were trying to find a way to allow the New York Cosmos into the CCL next year after their Soccer Bowl win over the weekend. Apparently that rumor is a bogus one.

  • jcr

    good step in the right direction

  • coxon

    I think it would be great if the Champions League qualifications worked as followed:
    1. US Open Cup Champions
    2. MLS Champions (Regardless American or Canadian based Club)
    3. Supporters Shield (Regardless American or Canadian based Club)
    4, NASL Soccer Bowl Champions (Regardless American or Canadian based Club)

    Right now the 3 MLS spots are for US based clubs only. Also the only way for USL Pro or NASL clubs to CONCACAF is through the US Open Cup or Voyageurs Cup.

    • Holtb80

      You can’t take away the Canadian Cup as a qualification. It’s like telling our lower leagues they have 0 chance of getting in. The means for qualifications MUST be split by nations unfortunately.