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>
|12||J. Saunders (GK)|
|7||R. Keane||22'||70' 70'|
|Coach: B. Arena|
|90' +4||Full time whistle blows and the Galaxy run out 5-2 winners. Juninho grabs a couple of goals for the Galaxy, Keane was sent of and Beckham has scored the 1000th in CONCACAF Champions League history.|
|90' +3||Juninho has scored a goal for LA Galaxy! Assist by M. Magee.|
|Goal Galaxy. Free kick to Galaxy taken short to Magee, he's slide rule ball into the path of Juninho is exquisite and he finishes with aplomb.|
|90'||Three minutes of extra time to this second half.|
|87'||Penalty goal scored by N. Muñoz for Metapán!|
|Goal Metapán. Muñoz shoots to the right and beats Saunders.|
|86'||S. Martín enters the game and replaces E. Quintanilla.|
|Penalty to Metapán.|
|85'||B. Gaul enters the game and replaces Marcelo Sarvas.|
|This is LA Galaxy’s opening match in Group 5 tonight, their next opponent will be at home to the Puerto Rico Islanders.|
|82'||Juninho has scored a goal for LA Galaxy! Assist by M. Stephens.|
|Goal Galaxy. Two Galaxy forwards break the offside trap, Stephens squares the ball to Juninho and he sweeps the ball into the back of the net.|
|80'||M. Stephens gets yellow.|
|M. Stephens enters the game and replaces D. Beckham.|
|Beckham receives a yellow card for not getting off the field quickly enough during a substitution.|
|77'||J. Martínez enters the game and replaces L. Perla.|
|75'||Fifteen minutes left and the Galaxy down to ten men.|
|74'||This is LA Galaxy’s third appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League, qualifying this season winning the 2011 Major League Soccer Championship.|
|70'||R. Keane gets yellow.|
|R. Keane goes off after a red card!|
|Keane receives a yellow card for simulation on the edge of the box, a little complaining to the referee and it becomes red.|
|69'||Magee has a pop from just outside the 18-yard box that fizzes just wide of the post.|
|67'||This is Metapán’s second match in Group 5 tonight, their first ended in a 3-1 home win to the Puerto Rico Islanders.|
|65'||Suárez turns his defender and his low shot has Saunders at full stretch. Corner to the El Salvadorians. Corner is too deep and the Galaxy breath a sigh of relief.|
|63'||H. Jiménez enters the game and replaces J. Villareal.|
|62'||Metapán have a corner which comes to nothing, a strike on goal whistle's over Saunders bar.|
|61'||A through ball finds the substitute and he lobs the keeper but it's inches wide.|
|60'||C. Bautista enters the game and replaces C. Sánchez.|
|58'||Quintanilla with a half chance on the edge of the Galaxy box, the effort is too high and Galaxy have a goal kick.|
|57'||Beckham and Keane combine to slice open the Metapán defense, the latter finds Villareal and his effort is blazed over the bar.|
|56'||Magee picks out Keane inside the Metapán box but the Irishman's effort weak and Mondragón collects.|
|55'||Metapán with some sustained pressure in the final third of the Galaxy half, a disappointing effort though on goal and Saunders will have a goal kick.|
|51'||Metapán with a free kick around the 30-yard mark is taken too hastily and it hits the wall and the Galaxy clear.|
|49'||Metapán with some decent possession at the start of this second half. Suárez seeing plenty of the ball early, who incidentally is the older brother of Luis Suárez who plays for Liverpool in the English Premier League.|
|47'||Metapán earn an early corner which is straight into the hands of Saunders.|
|46'||The LA Galaxy get the second half underway.|
|45' +1||D. Beckham has scored a goal for LA Galaxy!|
|Goal LA Galaxy. Corner to Galaxy, Beckham fires it in and C. Sánchez gets a head to it and it's in the back of the net for Beckham. Half time whistle blows.|
|42'||Metapán with some prolonged possession but can't find a way through.|
|38'||Pacheco races clear now and his shot has Saunders stretching. Goal kick.|
|37'||Metapán break now and Quintanilla with a shot across goal, no one following up though.|
|34'||Keane sets Villareal through on goal and with just the keeper to beat drags his shot inches wide.|
|33'||Next goal tonight, if it comes, will be the 1000th in CONCACAF Champions League history.|
|31'||Keane through on goal and makes a mess of an attempted chip and Mondragón collects.|
|30'||Pacheco blasts one goal bound and Saunders pushes the ball out for a Metapán corner kick. Corner comes in and Saunders makes easy work of the catch.|
|27'||Beckham, of course, with the corner kick, the ball falls to Magee but can't get a decent shot off and Mondragón collects.|
|26'||Magee gets in on the act with a turn and shot that has Mondragón parrying out for a corner kick.|
|24'||A lively first half trundles right along, three goals in five minutes and plenty more to come.|
|22'||R. Keane has scored a goal for LA Galaxy! Assist by D. Beckham.|
|Goal LA Galaxy. Beckham and Keane is on fire tonight. Another perfect cross finds Keane in plenty of space inside the box and a simple header gives the Galaxy the lead.|
|20'||R. Alvarado is unfortunate, scores an own goal!|
|Goal LA Galaxy. Beckham with a trademark cross, the ball cannons off Alvarado and loops into an open net.|
|17'||N. Muñoz has scored a goal for Metapán!|
|Goal Metapán. Galaxy defense static as Dunivant clears an effort on the line to Muñoz, he makes no mistake with his effort in off the post.|
|15'||Metapán now break and a good cross into the 6-yard box is almost put into his own net by DeLaGarza, Sanders makes the point blank save with Muñoz lurking.|
|14'||Juninho breaks down the left flank but his pass is just behind the advancing attackers inside the 18-yard box.|
|13'||The Home Depot Center is located on the campus of California State University, with a capacity of 27,000, it is the largest soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer.|
|9'||Beckham once more with the corner kick but the referee spots an infringement. Beckham with a delightful 50-yard ball which finds Keane, first touch lets him down and Mondragón races out to collect.|
|8'||Beckham with another corner that finds Villareal, he's looping header is pushed onto the bar by Mondragón and out for a second corner.|
|7'||Pacheco blasts the free kick into the wall and Galaxy can clear.|
|6'||A. DeLaGarza gets yellow.|
|DeLaGarza gets a yellow card for bringing down Muñoz, almost the last man there, that could have been red.|
|5'||Metapán break now and a decent cross is punched clear by Saunders with Muñoz lurking.|
|3'||Keane again is free, this time his well struck shot is blocked by Mondragón and out for a corner kick. Beckham's corner finds Gonzalez and Mondragón makes a good save.|
|2'||Great start from Galaxy, Keane with a real chance there to score with some twenty seconds on the clock.|
|1'||Metapán get the first half underway. Galaxy break forward and Keane's shot is just wide of the angle.|
|Welcome to The Home Depot Center, Carson, California for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 5 match between LA Galaxy from the USA and Metapán from El Salvador.|