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>
|43||V. Villareal (GK)|
|Coach: G. Soto|
|90' +4||Penalty goal scored by Á. Saborío for Real Salt Lake!|
|Goal Salt Lake. Saborío shoots right, the keeper gets a touch but the ball is in the back of the net. That's it, a dramatic end as the final whistle blows. Salt Lake sneak a vital 1-0 victory to keep themselves alive in this group.|
|90' +2||Penalty kick to Real Salt.|
|90' +1||Corner kick to Tauro taken short and Salt Lake can clear up field.|
|88'||Wingert with a free header from a Johnson corner kick, it goes inches wide as we enter the final few minutes.|
|86'||Paulo Araújo is through on goal for Salt Lake, a Tauro defender is closing him down as he shoots well wide of the goal.|
|83'||Tauro come close, shot comes in and Rimando is at full stretch.|
|81'||S. Velásquez enters the game and replaces T. Beltran.|
|80'||Saborío gets played through on goal, he rounds the keeper but the referee blows for offside.|
|77'||Gil picks the ball up 25-yards out and lets rip with a cracking effort that is just over the bar.|
|76'||Paulo Júnior enters the game and replaces F. Espíndola.|
|M. Asprilla enters the game and replaces H. Peñaloza.|
|75'||A nice passage of play from Tauro with plenty of possession comes to an end with a Vargas shot that whistles just wide.|
|73'||Corner is sent into the heart of the Tauro box, once again easily cleared by the Panamanians defense.|
|71'||Morales gets hold of the ball inside the Tauro box but the ball won't come down for him and the defender can clear. Another attack has Villareal scrambling for the ball, Tauro finally clear for a corner.|
|69'||Corner to Tauro sent into the near post by the substitute Martínez, a firm defensive header by Salt Lake clears the danger.|
|68'||R. Martínez enters the game and replaces C. Salazar.|
|66'||Á. Saborío gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Saborío going into a challenge with Dasent inside the Tauro 18-yard box.|
|64'||Tauro pushing more forward now as we come to the 65th Minute. They need a win tonight.|
|60'||This is Tauro’s third match in Group 2 tonight, their previous two matches ended in defeats to Herediano and Real Salt Lake.|
|59'||L. Gil enters the game and replaces J. Steele.|
|58'||M. Vargas gets yellow.|
|C. Salazar gets yellow.|
|57'||I. Díaz enters the game and replaces R. Botello.|
|Johnson sends in the corner to the back post and a free header for Morales is wide. Yellow card to Vargas for not retreating 10-yards on a free kick, Salazar also gets booked for too much back-chat.|
|56'||Ball fizzes across the Tauro 6-yard box and takes a deflection for a corner kick.|
|55'||Tauro's Salazar from 30-yards out tries his luck but the shot is way over the bar.|
|52'||Salt Lake win another corner, sent in by Morales but the Tauro defense looks solid and clear.|
|51'||The dangerous Espíndola with another decent looking cross, the keeper hesitates to collect but not much following up from Salt Lake team mates and the chance goes begging.|
|48'||Corner comes in and Villareal comes to punch and misses, a header from Salt Lake is high over the bar and Tauro win a goal kick.|
|47'||Espíndola and Saborío hook up early in this second half but the latter slips and Tauro head clear for a corner kick.|
|46'||Tauro get the second half underway.|
|45' +1||Referee blows for half time and the game is tied at 0-0. A couple of long range efforts from Tauro and a header from Saborío the highlights of the first half.|
|45'||Tauro finishing the half with a flurry, another long range effort is way off target as we enter additional time to this first half.|
|42'||A shot comes in from Tauro that has Villareal diving low to his right. Good save from the American.|
|41'||Yellow card to Tauro's Herrera for a challenge on Espíndola.|
|40'||R. Herrera gets yellow.|
|37'||Beltran latches onto a through ball and crosses deep for Saborío, he's header is weak and straight into the arms of Villareal.|
|35'||Tauro's Sánchez whips in a cross and Rimando springs to life and catches with ease.|
|34'||Peñaloza gets onto the end of a decent ball down the flank, he runs at the Salt Lake defense but gets crowded out and Real clear up field.|
|30'||Some slack defending by Tauro let Salt Lake gain possession in a dangerous position, Morales tries a one-two which doesn't come off and Tauro can clear.|
|28'||Tauro FC haven’t found the back of the net so far in Group 2. The Panamanian side need to win both of its remaining games to keep their slim hopes alive of advancing to the next stage.|
|25'||Salt Lake press again and an effort from outside the box is saved down low by Villareal. Tauro break now, Peñaloza squares the ball to Salazar who balloons his effort over the bar.|
|22'||Saborío with a header inside the Tauro box that is wide of Villareal's right post. First real chance of the night there.|
|20'||Morales makes a little room under pressure and puts in a cross that is just too long for Steele. Goal kick Tauro.|
|17'||Real Salt Lake are without Captain Kyle Beckerman, who is serving a one-game ban for a straight red card in the home win over Tauro.|
|15'||Espíndola for Salt Lake has a shot blocked on the edge of the 18-yard box. Salt Lake beginning to have a lot of possession.|
|12'||A cross into the Tauro box tries to find Saborío but the ball drifts out for a goal kick.|
|11'||Beltran brings down Botello inside the Salt Lake box, looked a little clumsy but the referee waves play on.|
|8'||Beltran with a nice chip to the back post and Johnson drives one across the face of goal. A slight opening there for Salt Lake.|
|6'||Tauro spraying the ball around from side to side, not much in forward penetration from The Panama outfit.|
|3'||Both teams seeing a little possession in the early minutes. No chances yet either end.|
|1'||Real Salt lake get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Ciudad de Panamá for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 2 match between Tauro from Panama and Real Salt Lake from the USA.|