Portland Timbers get Champions League spot

The Portland Timbers will compete in CONCACAF’s 2014-15

Champions League under a U.S. allocation change approved

Friday.

Portland earned the spot as the MLS team with the best record in

the conference opposite the Supporters’ Shield winner as the

regular-season points champion. Previously, that spot went to the

MLS Cup runner-up.

The Timbers finished top of the Western Conference on 57 points,

one point ahead of Real Salt Lake, which misses out on a Champions

League berth under the new allocation after finishing runner-up to

Sporting Kansas City in last season’s MLS Cup.

The other three U.S. spots remained unchanged, with the New York

Red Bulls getting in as the Supporters’ Shield winner, Sporting as

the MLS Cup champion, and D.C. United as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open

Cup winner.