By DAN KARELL
In the last six days, Real Salt Lake lost the MLS Cup final, their head coach Jason Kreis, and now, a place in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League.
CONCACAF announced Friday that they had reviewed and accepted a request from Major League Soccer to give one of the four available slots to the Champions League from the United States to the best team in the conference opposite of the Supporters’ Shield winner instead of the loser of the MLS Cup final.
As such, finishing with the best record in the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers have been awarded a place in the 2014/2015 Champions League instead of RSL. The Timbers will join the New York Red Bulls (Supporters’ Shield winners), D.C. United (U.S. Open Cup champion) and Sporting Kansas City (MLS Cup champion) in next year’s competition.
What do you think of this news? Agree with this decision? Feel bad for RSL? How does this change the Timbers’ offseason plans?
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