CONCACAF has released the ranking of the best clubs in the region in 2023, with Club Amrica, the newly crowned champion of Liga MX, named as the top team in North and Central America.
Despite the fact that Major League Soccer (MLS) teams dominate the top 45 places, Mexican clubs have taken the prime spots near the summit.
Monterrey, Tigres UNAL and Club Leon follow the Aguilas in filling out the all-Mexican top-four, reinforcing the idea that Liga MX remains the strongest competition in the region.
Philadelphia Union are the highest-ranking team from MLS in fifth, and they are even positioned above the current MLS champions, Columbus Crew, who are down in ninth place. Los Angeles FC, who were runners-up in the MLS Cup after a 2-1 defeat, complete the top 10.
In the full list published by CONCACAF via its official account on X, formerly known as Twitter, teams from the United States comfortably outnumber Liga MX teams with 23 in total, with three more Canada-based teams in MLS – Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact and Toronto FC – giving MLS a total of 26 representatives inside the top 50.
The list also includes Olimpia from Honduras in 38th and Saprissa of Costa Rica, who rank 43rd. These are the only two clubs to be featured on the list that play outside MLS and Liga MX.
How the CONCACAF ranking works
CONCACAF launched a revamped ranking system at the beginning of 2023, in which clubs earn points for their results in official domestic league matches, regional cup matches and the CONCACAF Champions Cup.
Amrica lead the final 2023 ranking after winning the title and finishing first in the Liga MX table at the end of the regular phase of the Apertura 2023 tournament. They are only 12 points ahead of Monterrey with 1,257 overall, proving that the gap between the two teams is not as large as some might have imagined.