CONCACAF Champions Cup rule change: Salt Lake's out, Portland's in.
While I don't like the fact that the decision was made after the MLS Cup, I think it's a good rule. It will make the MLS Cup more competitive as long as one team might not qualify. Even with this advantage, there are problems that should be addressed in the future. Even though the Champions' Cup is not taken as seriously in the US as UEFA is all over Europe, it is still international exposure and bonus money for teams who advance. A team who realizes how big qualifying can be, but has not qualified, would have a psychological advantage over any qualified team.
In other words, even though the new allocation is better, there is still room for improvement. But for now, we can live with this.