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Orlando City win guarantees Champions League berth for the Philadelphia Union

Columbus Crew was eliminated from Supporters’ Shield race with loss

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Regardless of the result on Sunday, the Philadelphia Union will be in the Concacaf Champions League next season for the first time.

Orlando City’s 2-1 win over Columbus Crew on Wednesday night eliminated the Crew from the Supporters’ Shield race. The Union are guaranteed the Supporters’ Shield with a win over New England Revolution on Sunday. They would need help from other games if they drop points.

The Union are guaranteed a Champions League berth because Toronto FC can’t qualify through MLS competition.

While the Union could still finish even on points per game with Orlando, the first tiebreaker (wins) would go to the Union since they have 13 wins to Orlando’s 11.

The Timbers were also eliminated from the Supporters’ Shield race on Wednesday with a 1-0 loss to Colorado Rapids.

The Concacaf Champions League typically begins in mid-February. This year’s competition was suspended in March but is slated to continue with second leg quarterfinal matches in December.