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>
|27||J. Mendoza (GK)|
|19||M. Berrios||35' 68'|
|Coach: M. Keosseian|
|90' +3||Full time whistle blows and Seattle win an entertaining encounter 3-2. Evans with the decisive goal in the 78th minute to give the Sounders a comfortable position in the Group.|
|90'||Martínez bursts through onto a slide rule pass but the referee blows for offside and the play is brought back.|
|88'||Seattle Sounders' leading goal scorer in this competition is Fredy Montero with 6 goals.|
|85'||yellow card to Mayorquin for chopping down Alonso in midfield.|
|84'||R. Mayorquin gets yellow.|
|82'||Before this evening, Marathón’s leading goal scorer in this competition is Mario Berrios, Walter Martinez and Jerry Palacios with 5 goals.|
|80'||Free kick just outside the Seattle box. Berrios curls one into the danger area and Gspurning smothers the ball.|
|78'||Goal Seattle. Alonso with a cross into the 18-yard box and Evans rises and heads past Mendoza to give the Sounders a 3-2 lead.|
|77'||B. Evans has scored a goal for Seattle Sounders! Assist by O. Alonso.|
|Seattle relieve the pressure with a Martínez corner, comes to no nothing though and Marathón can clear.|
|76'||F. Montero enters the game and replaces E. Johnson.|
|75'||Q. Arzú enters the game and replaces P. Martinez.|
|Flores with two efforts inside the Seattle box, he manages to miss kick on both occasions and the Sounders can clear up field.|
|73'||Acevedo with a free kick for Marathón is headed clear once more.|
|71'||Z. Scott gets yellow.|
|Group scenario for W Connection is clear as crystal; they must beat Xelaju tonight or be eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League.|
|68'||Penalty goal scored by M. Berrios for Marathón!|
|Goal Marathón. Berrios again with the spot kick. This time a little more refined and well placed into the top corner.|
|67'||Penalty to Marathón as Ianni brings down Rápalo. Yellow card there for the Seattle defender.|
|66'||P. Ianni gets yellow.|
|65'||B. Evans enters the game and replaces A. Rose.|
|64'||The dangerous looking Rose, again with another decent looking cross, this time it's cut out and Marathón clear.|
|62'||R. Flores enters the game and replaces R. Diamond.|
|Goal Seattle. Johnson controls a through ball from Rose inside the box, then turns and shoots past a beaten Mendoza.|
|61'||E. Johnson has scored a goal for Seattle Sounders! Assist by A. Rose.|
|60'||Brown with a neat turn and shot inside the Seattle box. That was close and then Gspurning gets a warning for time wasting, has to be careful he has already been booked tonight.|
|59'||O. Alonso enters the game and replaces A. Caskey.|
|Marathón win another corner which Rápalo sends into the near post, Seattle look very comfortable at the back as they deal with that corner.|
|57'||Marathón with some sustained possession, not converting that into scoring chances though, which is concerning the coach Keosseian.|
|55'||This is Seattle Sounders’s third match in Group 4 tonight, their previous two matches both ended with 3-1 victories over Caledonia AIA.|
|52'||Some sustained pressure from Marathón comes to an end with a Acevedo effort over the bar.|
|50'||Brown nods down for Diamond and he is away again, this time a challenge comes in inside the box and Seattle win the ball back.|
|47'||A dangerous looking ball across the face of the Seattle box is cleared for a corner. Rápalo sends in the kick and the referee spots a foul and Seattle can clear.|
|46'||C. Altamirano enters the game and replaces J. Sandoval.|
|Seattle get the second half underway.|
|45' +1||half time. Eventful first half comes to an end. An 11th minute strike from Ochoa gave Seattle the early lead, no complaints from the Sounders as Marathón level things up from the spot in the 35th minute, thanks to that Berrios thunderbolt.|
|45'||One minute of additional time to be added.|
|44'||Diamond drives forward for Marathón but his shot is disappointing and the effort is well wide.|
|42'||Castro receives a yellow card for the challenge from behind.|
|41'||L. Castro gets yellow.|
|Diamond with a cracking shot from the top of the 18-yard box, Gspurning does well to just parry the ball.|
|39'||Johnson gets on the end of a chipped ball over the Marathón defense, but his volleyed effort is high over the bar.|
|38'||Terrific game now, both teams going at it, Gspurning did indeed receive a yellow card for that challenge on Brown in the penalty box.|
|35'||Penalty goal scored by M. Berrios for Marathón!|
|Goal Marathón. Berrios goes for the option of blasting it, Gspurning gets a touch but it's too strong and Marathón equalize.|
|34'||M. Gspurning gets yellow.|
|Penalty Marathón. Brown goes down under a challenge from Gspurning, the referee has no option but to award a penalty.|
|32'||Berrios is now clean through on goal for Marathón, his delicate chip is too strong and the ball is over the bar for a goal kick.|
|31'||Johnson has a chance at goal but Castro comes in with an important challenge to earn Seattle a corner kick. Martínez to the near post but Marathón can clear.|
|30'||Martínez sends in a free kick which is flicked up in the air by Johnson, the ball is bundled into the net but the referee blows for a foul on Mendoza in goal.|
|28'||Rápalo with the out swinging corner, shot comes from distance that is well over Gspurning's bar.|
|27'||Free kick 25-yards out is struck by Berrios, takes a deflection and out for a corner kick.|
|26'||Yellow card to Carrasco for a scything tackle on Acevedo.|
|25'||S. Carrasco gets yellow.|
|Marathón win a corner which is taken short, when the ball is finally delivered in the referee spots a foul and Seattle can clear. Seattle break up field with Martínez, he blazes his shot over the bar when Johnson was free to his right.|
|24'||Marathón storm forward with purpose, a handball shout is ignored, the ball finally falls to Sandoval whose curling effort is wide.|
|21'||Martínez chips one over the Marathón defense into the path of Ochoa, flag up though for off side and the chance goes begging.|
|18'||Berrios curls in the corner to the near post, nothing doing there though and Seattle can clear up field.|
|17'||Marathón win a free kick 30-yards out. The ball strikes the Seattle wall and out for a corner kick.|
|14'||This is Marathón’s second match in Group 4 tonight, their previous match ended in a 0-0 draw with Caledonia AIA.|
|11'||S. Ochoa has scored a goal for Seattle Sounders! Assist by M. Martínez.|
|Goal Seattle. Martínez crosses into the 18-yard box, Ochoa sneaks in between two defenders and heads Seattle into the lead.|
|8'||Marathón attack and a ball across the Seattle 6-yard box is almost converted by Brown, just couldn't get there in time and Seattle have a goal kick.|
|5'||Caskey with two quick near post corners in succession come to nothing. Good start from the Sounders.|
|4'||Martínez for Seattle turns and strikes one that takes a deflection, Mendoza is wrong footed and the ball trickles just wide for a corner kick.|
|1'||Marathón get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Yankel Rosenthal, San Pedro Sulafor tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 4 match between Marathón from Honduras and Seattle Sounders from the USA.|