LA Galaxy will once again participate at the CONCACAF region’s premier tournament after the results in Round 30 of the MLS meant they could not fail to qualify for next season’s competition.
Every year the MLS sends four sides to the region’s Champions League. They are made up of the US Open Cup winner, the winners of the Eastern and Western Conferences, and the winner of the MLS Cup. If one club takes up two of the spots, the place will pass on to the next-best placed side in the regular season league table.
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Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy are currently neck-and-neck in the race to win the Western Conference with sixty points each and three games remaining, however, Seattle have already qualified for the Champions League by virtue of winning the US Open Cup. With no other sides able to catch either Sounders or Galaxy in the West, they are now certain to participate.
DC United are favourites to win the Eastern Conference, so if either they or LA Galaxy go on to win the MLS Cup it opens up the possibility of a place becoming available to either New England Revolution or Real Salt Lake.
Galaxy won the Champions League in 2000 and were runners-up in 1997. Mexican side Cruz Azul are the current holders.