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UPDATE 10:13 a.m. — CONCACAF confirms that Sounders FC has clinched a 2012-13 CCL group-stage berth by way of LA’s MLS Cup win.
Here’s a tweet from an MLS staffer.
Here’s a story on the league website stating the same thing.
That’s a lot of smoke around a fire we had all assumed to be true — the Los Angeles Galaxy’s MLS Cup victory ensured Sounders FC’s passage to the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
The Sounders had already clinched a third-straight CCL preliminary round appearance by winning the 2011 U.S. Open Cup. They got an upgrade Sunday night when L.A. doubled up on automatic group-stage berths by winning the MLS Cup (having already earned the Supporters’ Shield).
As mentioned in the MLSsoccer.com article, per an agreement among CONCACAF, MLS and U.S. Soccer, one of those group-stage berths goes to the team that had the second best regular-season record, which happens to be Seattle.
Real Salt Lake (third best regular-season record) and Houston (MLS Cup runner-up) will fill the two CCL preliminary-round berths.
NOTE: These tweets, articles and posts are in reference to the 2012-13 tournament. The Sounders will play in the 2011-12 tournament’s quarterfinals against Mexico’s Santos Laguna in March.
What do you think of the news? Were you rooting for L.A. on Sunday with this in mind?