Thanks for this. I've tried to contact the USSF, but I'm not working with a credentialed news source anymore, so they'll probably blow me off. I'll let the boards know if I get any firm word. In the meantime, this article from the USSF's official page might possibly throw a wrench in my previous arguments--and in logic in general. Here's the passage in question. "The 2012 champion will earn a $100,000 cash prize, while the runner-up will collect $50,000. The top Division II, Division III and amateur clubs will each receive a $10,000 prize." The absence of explicit verbiage related to the winners' receiving a CONCACAF CL spot is conspicuous. This article may well be where all this speculation has come from. However, even though I'm not currently a credentialed journalist, Brian Straus of Sporting News is. Here's the lead from his story: "In all, 64 teams will vie to unseat the three-time defending champion Seattle Sounders. A berth in the 2013-2014 CONCACAF Champions League is also at stake." KALL ESPN Radio 700 in Utah also makes reference to the USOC winner qualifying for the CL. Further (though some might consider them lesser) sources who also cite this fact can be found here and here. But again, conspicuously absent is any official word from an MLS, NASL, USL, or USSF press release. For my part, I'm willing to go with logic, with precedent, and with a respected Sporting News reporter's word.