Lost amid the hoopla of Real Salt Lake securing a playoff berth was a nice little bonus for the organization. By qualifying for the MLS playoffs, RSL officially secured a berth in the 2010 SuperLiga tournament.
It can still qualify for the more prestigious 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League by advancing to the MLS Cup, but qualifying for its first international tournament is a major bonus for Real Salt Lake
“The thing we found with our fans, they want to have meaningful games. We’re coming off a game drew upwards of 17,000 for both Club America and Chivas Guadalajara, now we get to potentially play one or both of those teams in a tournament where the games matter. If we’re in SuperLiga, that’s a major step forward for the club and a great revenue generator for the club potentially,” said RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey.
“One of the things we have to do to move away from the bad old days of RSL is qualify for these tournaments and then do well in them,” said Lagerwey.
The SuperLiga pits four MLS teams against four Mexican club teams. This year’s participants were Chicago, Chivas USA, New England and Kansas City from MLS and San Luis, Santos Laguna, Tigres UANL and Atlas from Mexico. Tigres UANL beat Chicago in penalties to claim the SuperLiga crown in 2009.