The Los Angeles Galaxy (Supporters' Shield winners), FC Dallas (Western Conference champions), Colorado Rapids (Eastern Conference champions) and Seattle Sounders (U.S. Open Cup champions) will all compete in CONCACAF Champions League next year, Don Garber confirmed on Tuesday.
All four teams could be in line for additional allocation funds to help them compete in the tournament that adds as many as eight games to teams' already crowded regular-season schedules. Teams that advance beyond the group stage could be given even more funds.
"The Champions League is a tournament we continue to believe is important for us to perform well in," Garber said. "This is a priority for us. It’s something we’re trying to figure out the right way to do it while keeping the integrity of our entire league system. It’s something we’re focused on."
The MLS Board of Governors will vote on this change during its meeting on Saturday.
MLS could send a fifth team to CCL if Toronto FC or the Vancouver Whitecaps win the Canadian Championship next summer. They will compete for a spot with the Montreal Impact and FC Edmonton, which are both planning to compete in the NASL next season.