Maybe they will award Caribbean champion with a "stage 2" berth while remaining semifinalists qualify to "stage 1"? Once they decided to go with something like this - expanding the field by one third - they could've give each of JAM, TRI, HAI direct spot in, at least, first stage. After all, teams from those leagues are constant in last years. Cinco mejores campeones de Centroamerica should stand for champs of top five leagues there, right? So, top five CA leagues have three berths each, Nicaragua two, Belize one. Anyway, after carefully reading this and from my Spanish knowledge, this is actually Europa League > Champions League scheme. Teams that didn't qualify to CL have to win knock-out style "different competition" (it practically looks like that) to earn spot in elite competition which is also straight knock-out. I really don't like it. We are used to group stage followed by playoff continental cups nowadays. CL, EL, Asian CL and Cup, African CL and Confed Cup, CCL, Copa Libertadores. I expected decrease of group stage participating teams and maximizing number of MLSvLMX matches as those leagues draw biggest crowds on stadiums and in front of TV and are most lucrative markets. Instead, we got elimination of group stages which could lead to zero MLSvLMX matches (assuming those are seeded teams or there's some sort of protection in round of 16). Concacrap it is. Bravo.