CONCACAF Champions League

16 Teams. 1 Trophy.

The CONCACAF Champions League is the region’s most prestigious club tournament, bringing together the top clubs from North America, Central America and the Caribbean in a 16-team knockout style tournament. The champions will then earn the right to compete in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup against club champions from around the globe.

Here are the 16-teams that have qualified:

 

Toronto FC [Canada] · Tauro [Panama] · Olimpia, Motagua [Honduras] · Seattle Sounders FC, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls [USA] · Deportivo Saprissa, Herediano [Costa Rica] · Santa Tecla [El Salvador] · Club América, Club Tijuana, C.D. Guadalajara, Tigres UANL [Mexico] · Cibao FC [Dominican Republic]

The Bracket

Each round consists of a two-leg home-and-away series with the winner determined by aggregate goal differential. The team that scores the most combined goals over the two legs will advance to the next round, with away goals serving as the tiebreaker in the event of an aggregate draw.

Past Appearances

This is Toronto FC’s fifth appearance in the tournament. The Reds are one of just six MLS teams to reach the semifinals of the CCL.

2009-10

Loss to Puerto Rico Islanders
(Preliminary Round)

2010-11

Knocked out in Group Stage
(old format)

2011-12

Loss to Santos Laguna
(Semifinals)

2012-13

Knocked out in Group Stage
(old format)

HOW WE GOT HERE

Due to a tournament reconfiguration ahead of the 2018 competition, the Canadian representative for the CONCACAF Champions League would be determined in a two-legged series, with the 2016 and 2017 Voyageurs Cup champions going head-to-head. However, by winning back-to-back titles in 2016 (2-2 on away goals vs. Vancouver Whitecaps) and 2017 (3-2 vs. Montreal Impact), Toronto FC ensured their spot in the Round of 16 for 2018.

Past Winners

While two MLS clubs have reached the final (Real Salt Lake, 2010-11; Montreal Impact, 2014-15), none have been crowned champions of CONCACAF. Mexican clubs have dominated the competition in the tournament’s current iteration (since 2008-09), with five different Liga MX sides taking home the title.

Atlante F.C.

2008-09

C.F. Pachuca

2009-10
2016-17

C.F. Monterrey

2010-11
2011-12
2012-13

Cruz Azul

2013-14

Club América

2014-15
2015-16