Without playing a game, New York City FC has qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.
CONCACAF Media Services announced on Twitter Monday that City has clinched a berth in that competition, thanks to Toronto FC capturing the MLS Cup Saturday night.
NYCFC finished as the U.S.-based Major League Soccer club with the most points during the regular season. City will take over the slot assigned for the 2017 league champion.
Canadian clubs in MLS, including the Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC can only qualify for the CCL through the Canadian Championship.
City (16-9-9) took second overall to Toronto FC (69 points) among the 22 teams with 57 points.
Toronto completed a treble with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders FC at BMO Field Saturday, adding the MLS title to its collection. It also secured the Supporters Shield and won the Canadian Championship, booking a spot in the 2018 CCL.
The Red Bulls will start their participation in the CCL Round of 16 Feb. 2022. and Feb. 27-March 1.
The draw for the CCL will be held Monday, Dec. 18.
The CONCACAF Media Services Dept. is responsible for handling media communications and operations for the confederation.