The Philadelphia Union will compete in their first ever Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League after claiming the 2020 MLS Supporters’ Shield trophy.
The Union finished the 2020 MLS regular season with the best overall record (14W-5D-4L) to lay claim to their first trophy as a club and an appearance in the 2021 edition of the SCCL.
“To have clinched that is very big for the club,” said Union head coach Jim Curtin in a press conference on Thursday.
“It puts us on the international stage, which will be a great experience for our players. It’s an incredible honor to the club and the people who worked so hard to achieve it. We just missed out on it last year, but as you’ve seen this club keeps taking steps forward in the last five seasons. It’s a good achievement and we’re very proud,” added Curtin.
Philadelphia will become the 18th team from MLS to participate in the tournament and join 2020 MLS Is Back Tournament winners Portland Timbers as MLS teams that have qualified for next year’s tournament.