Real Salt Lake will be playing in the 2015 -16 CONCACAF Champions League following the LA Galaxy‘s 2014 MLS Cup win. Real Salt Lake joins the Galaxy (MLS Cup winners), Seattle Sounders (US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield winners), and DC United (Eastern Conference champions). Not counting those teams, Real Salt Lake had the best overall regular season record in MLS, finishing behind Seattle and the Galaxy in the Western Conference.
“What a phenomenal accomplishment to have qualified for CCL again,” Real Salt Lake GM Garth Lagerwey said. “This tourney – extremely important to our club – helped put us on the map in 2010 when we were the first American team to win our group and again in 2011 when we were the only American team to reach the final. Earning this berth in some ways validates our 15-win, 56-point season, a strong accomplishment in a difficult Western Conference,” continued Lagerwey. “We have been working to get back into CCL since we got knocked out in the Fall of 2012. This is a great opportunity for us to take on the best teams in the region as we continue to grow the next generation of RSL.”
Due to the nation-based understanding of club soccer by CONCACAF, Canada is treated as separate for CONCACAF Champions League purposes. The Canadian MLS clubs qualify through a separate Canadian championship. Currently called the Amway Canadian Championship, the Montreal Impact won the competition in 2014.