24 teams from the 40 CONCACAF member countries qualify for the competition:
12 teams from the 7 UNCAF countries (2 teams each from El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama; and 1 team each from Nicaragua and Belize);
9 teams from the 3 NAFU countries (4 teams each from the United States and Mexico and 1 team from Canada);
3 teams from the 30 CFU countries (3 teams from the CFU Club Championship).
Belize does not enter a team, since the country lacks an adequate stadium. As a result, El Salvador gets a 3rd team in the competition.
24 teams are drawn into 8 groups of 3 teams.
Teams are seeded into 3 pots of 8 teams each, based on their country and ranking from their own championship as follows:
pot A: 2 teams each from the United States and Mexico; and 1 team each from Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama;
pot B: 2 teams each from the United States and Mexico; and 1 team each from Canada, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Honduras;
pot C: the 3 CFU representatives; 2 teams from El Salvador and 1 team each from Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua.
Each of the groups consists of one team from each of the three pots.
Teams from the same country cannot be drawn into the same group (does not apply for the additional team from El Salvador that replaces the Belize representative).
Teams from the United States and Mexico cannot be drawn into the same group.
Each team plays the others from its own group twice - home and away - for a total of 4 games each, over 6 game weeks.
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.
1. points won; 2. points in head-to-head matches; 3. goal difference in hth matches; 4. away goals in hth matches; 5. total goal difference; 6. total goals scored; 7. total away goals scored; 8. draw.
<b>Qualification for the Knockout stage:</b>
1 place of each group: qualify for the Knockout stage
8 teams from the Group stage contest the winner in a knockout format.
Teams are ranked 1st to 8th based on their Group stage record.
8 teams are paired as follows:
1st ranked vs 8th ranked (match 1);
2nd ranked vs 7th ranked (match 2);
3rd ranked vs 6th ranked (match 3);
4th ranked vs 5th ranked (match 4);
Winners are decided over two legs, with the higher ranked teams hosting the second legs.
4 teams are paired as follows:
winner match 1 vs winner match 4 (match A);
winner match 2 vs winner match 3 (match B).
Winners are decided over two legs, with the winners of matches 1 and 2 hosting the second legs.
The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming 2012/2013 CONCACAF Champions League winner.
Winner is decided over two legs, with the winner of match A hosting the second leg.
<b>Tie-breakers for the knockout matches over two legs:</b>
1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2.* away goals, 3. extra time, 4. penalties.
* - the away goals rule does not apply during extra time.
<b>Qualification for FIFA competitions:</b>
winner: 2013 FIFA Club World Cup</p>
|18||N. Rimando (GK)|
|Coach: J. Kreis|
|90' +4||It's full time in Utah and Real Salt Lake bounce back from their opening game defeat by beating Tauro 2-0 with goals from Saborío and Beckerman.|
|90' +1||There will be three additional minutes to be played at the end of this half.|
|90'||We're nearing injury time and Real Salt Lake are still headed for their first victory in this Champions League campaign.|
|87'||Real Salt Lake are doing a good job keeping Tauro away from their penalty area while the guests desperately try to make something of their attacks.|
|84'||Tauro continue to put pressure on RSL's defense but the hosts seem to be holding on so far.|
|82'||E. Pinto enters the game and replaces R. Cortés.|
|Soto's final substitution of the match has a forward replacing a defender.|
|79'||Asprilla almost latches onto a through-ball for Tauro but Johnson gets in the way and clears.|
|76'||Tauro manager Soto makes another change as he hopes to take advantage of RSL being a man down.|
|75'||R. Martínez enters the game and replaces J. McLean.|
|74'||Y. Alvarez enters the game and replaces A. Saborío.|
|RSL manager Kreis makes a quick change following that red card, taking off striker Saborío for midfielder Alvarez.|
|72'||K. Beckerman goes off after a red card!|
|Red card to Kyle Beckerman. The goalscorer stretches his leg reaching for the ball and becomes the second RSL player to be sent off in this Champions League campaign.|
|71'||F. Espíndola enters the game and replaces Paulo Júnior.|
|Paulo is done for the night and Espíndola, his replacement, will aim to pick up another CONCACAF Champions League goal in the remaining 20 minutes.|
|68'||Tauro haven't stopped trying but Real Salt Lake remain in control at this point. A third home goal seems more likely than a Tauro come-back.|
|66'||J. Steele enters the game and replaces A. Mansally.|
|Jonny Steele comes on for the remainder of the match.|
|64'||The next match in this group takes place on Thursday, August 30th when Tauro take on Herediano in Panama. Real Salt Lake get back in action at Tauro on September 18th.|
|63'||E. Aguilar gets yellow.|
|A. Mansally gets yellow.|
|61'||Half an hour left to go in Sandy, Utah, and Real Salt Lake are now well in control.|
|58'||K. Beckerman has scored a goal for Real Salt Lake! Assist by Paulo Júnior.|
|Goal Real Salt Lake! Beckerman makes it 2-0 with a well-placed low shot into the right corner from outside the penalty area.|
|56'||The hour mark is nearing and referee Reyna has not handed out a single yellow card so far.|
|54'||Tauro manager Soto makes his first change of the night.|
|53'||M. Asprilla enters the game and replaces R. Botello.|
|Tauro have not been able to take control of the match since RSL began to dominate in the last part of the first half.|
|50'||Saborío tries another shot on goal from the edge of the area but this time it's saved by the goalkeeper.|
|48'||A. Saborío has scored a goal for Real Salt Lake!|
|Goal Real Salt Lake! The hosts finally take the lead. Paulo finds a path through the defense and although his shot is parried by the goalkeeper, Saborío does find the target on the rebound.|
|46'||The second half is under way.|
|45' +2||It's half time at Rio Tinto stadium and although Real Salt Lake dominated in the closing phase, the score remains 0-0.|
|45' +1||The referee will add two more minutes to this first half.|
|45'||Saborío with a header on goal in the aftermath of a corner kick and it's only just saved by Tauro goalkeeper Anzola.|
|43'||Saborío rushes towards the area and is forced to shoot early due to defensive pressure. The ball misses the target.|
|42'||Beckerman tries his luck with a shot from outside the penalty area but it lacks precision and goes well high of the target.|
|41'||Corner kick to Real Salt Lake, taken by Morales, is low and easily cleared by a Tauro defender.|
|39'||Another chance for RSL as Brazilian Paulo Araújo has an initial shot blocked by Tauro's goalkeeper and his second attempt takes a slight deflection with a corner kick as result.|
|38'||Real Salt Lake have increased the pressure as the Major League Soccer side clearly want to get a goal before half time. Saborío has an opportunity to get it with a shot from inside the area but it's blocked by a defender.|
|36'||Grabavoy almost gets the opener for Real Salt Lake but his strike from the edge of the area hits the left post. Best chance of the night so far.|
|33'||Real Salt Lake have enjoyed most of the possession so far, 54 percent.|
|30'||Morales takes the free kick but it's too low and hits the Tauro wall.|
|29'||Real Salt Lake get a free kick at about 22 yards, right in front of Tauro's goal.|
|28'||Morales tries to find Saborío with a nifty through-ball but the pass is intercepted by a Tauro defender.|
|26'||Tauro get a free kick on the right wing. It's swung in by Salazar and although it creates some panic in the box, it is RSL goalkeeper Rimando to collect.|
|25'||Almost 25 minutes have passed at Rio Tinto stadium and based on what has been shown so far, this match could really go either way.|
|22'||Some danger in front of Tauro's goal as a Morales free kick from the right wing is almost met by Saborío but the forward can't get his head to the ball.|
|21'||Real Salt Lake are without Nat Borchers today as the defender was red-carded against Herediano and is as such suspended for tonight's encounter.|
|20'||Botello tries his luck with an unexpected volley from distance and his effort goes only just wide of the left post. Almost an opening goal for Tauro there.|
|18'||The corner kick is taken by Morales but one of his teammates commits a foul in the area, free kick to Tauro.|
|16'||Big chance for RSL Grabavoy's effort from inside the box is blocked and Saborío's strike on the rebound is deflected for a corner kick.|
|14'||It's been a balanced game so far and neither team has managed to make much of a difference in midfield. Real chances have yet to be created.|
|11'||A bad pass from Johnson leaves Tauro in possession but RSL correct the mistake and avoid a dangerous attack.|
|8'||Today's game is Tauro's first in this year's CONCACAF Champions League and the Panamanians will look to advance from the group stage for the first time ever.|
|6'||Tauro get the first corner kick of the match but it's easily cleared by RSL's Saborío.|
|4'||Real Salt Lake desperately need a win today after losing 1-0 to Costa Rica's Herediano in their opening game three weeks ago.|
|2'||A first modest chance goes Real Salt Lake's way as a shot from Paulo Araújo goes wide of the far post.|
|1'||Tauro get the first half under way at Rio Tinto Stadium.|
|Welcome to tonight's live coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage match between Real Salt Lake of the United States and Tauro of Panama.|