Just glancing through it I did not see any Brazilian teams
How much of a step down is CONCACAF from say UEFA?
The current format features 24 teams in total.
From the North American Zone:
4 clubs from Mexico
4 clubs from the United States
1 club from Canada
From the Central American Zone:
2 clubs from Costa Rica
2 clubs from El Salvador
2 clubs from Guatemala
2 clubs from Honduras
2 clubs from Panama
1 club from Nicaragua
1 club from Belize
From the Caribbean Zone:
3 clubs, qualifying via the CFU Club Championship.
The four teams qualifying from the United States are the two MLS Cup finalists, the winner of the MLS Supporters' Shield (awarded to the team with the best regular season record), and the winner of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Should the same team qualify multiple times and/or should a Canadian team occupy one or more of the MLS qualifying places, then the American MLS team(s) with the best regular season records not otherwise qualified will be entered.
The team qualifying from Canada is the winner of the Amway Canadian Championship.
Who is "the team to beat"?
How much of a step down is CONCACAF from say UEFA? Obviously anyone can beat someone once, but could any of these teams compete with the UEFA Champ League teams?
Until 2011, when Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake reached the finals, each CONCACAF Champions League final had been an all Mexican affair.
Nicely put Atom