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>
|24||M. Hahnemann (GK)|
|Coach: S. Schmid|
|90' +2||Full time whistle blows. With a 3-1 win over Marathón, Seattle Sounders earn 12 points out of 12 in group play and advance into the quarter finals.|
|90' +1||Marathón is still fighting for opportunities, they will play until the very end.|
|90'||Two minutes of additional time to this second half.|
|89'||Both teams are exchanging possession quite frequently. Marathón pushes the ball up the field but nothing comes out of it when Hahnemann secures the ball.|
|86'||Seattle switches the ball around the back and plays it up into Marathón territory.|
|84'||Marathón builds a nice attack and gets down the field putting some pressure on Seattle.|
|83'||M. Brown gets yellow.|
|81'||Seattle wins the ball in their attacking third and gets into the box, but loses control and Marathón receives a goal kick.|
|79'||W. Fuentes enters the game and replaces M. Sabillón.|
|C. Cato enters the game and replaces S. Zakuani.|
|77'||Estrada slotting a beautiful ball to Ochoa who just misses his shot over the top right corner.|
|76'||D. Estrada has scored a goal for Seattle Sounders!|
|75'||Goal Seattle. After a bad touch Estrada finds the ball once more in the box and plays it past Mendoza with two defenders on either side of him.|
|74'||A. Aguilar enters the game and replaces M. Acevedo.|
|73'||Ochoa had a good opportunity right in front of the goal but couldn't get much power behind his shot.|
|71'||There have been chances for both sides, but a fairly quiet half as of yet for both teams.|
|68'||Zakuani goes down after a weak challenge and is having a hard time getting up.|
|67'||A. Caskey enters the game and replaces A. Rose.|
|66'||A well struck shot from Brown on goal. Hahnemann manages to get the stop without much difficulty.|
|65'||R. Diamond enters the game and replaces M. Vega.|
|Marathón still seems pretty comfortable with the ball, looking for an opening to start an attack.|
|63'||Seattle wins a corner kick. A short ball played in and is cleared out. Marathón quickly gains back possession.|
|60'||Marathón has the majority of possession so far in this second half.|
|58'||Martínez gets his head on a cross and directs the ball towards goal but Mendoza is there to protect his net.|
|56'||Zakuani sneaks through the Marathón defense but touches the ball too hard and it runs out for a goal kick to Marathón.|
|55'||Sabillón plays off a Seattle defender and wins a corner kick.|
|53'||Seattle is awarded a corner kick. Martínez plays a dangerous ball in but Mendoza takes control and grabs the ball. Marathón transitions quickly to offense and gets off a long range shot.|
|51'||Marathón stringing together quite a few passes and maintaining possession before Seattle takes advantage of a bad touch.|
|49'||Sounders tear down the field and make it into the Marathón box before Mendoza jumps on the ball.|
|48'||Zakuani plays a cross in which is headed out by a defender. Marathón transitions into Seattle territory.|
|46'||M. Burch enters the game and replaces J. Parke.|
|Marathón gets the second half underway.|
|45'||Halftime whistle blows. The match started off a little slow with low intensity from both teams. But the tempo did pick up with two goals from Seattle and one goal from Marathón.|
|44'||Martínez takes a long range shot which floats over the goal causing no real threat.|
|43'||Meza commits a foul near his 18 yard box, Seattle is awarded a free kick.|
|41'||Marathón is a bit sloppy with the ball in the back, Seattle has no trouble winning it back.|
|40'||Q. Arzú gets yellow.|
|39'||Seattle wins a third consecutive corner kick. Vega is a little shaken up from the previous play.|
|37'||M. Brown has scored a goal for Marathón! Assist by M. Vega.|
|Marathón goal. Brown gets onto a ball slotted across the box and finds an open net for an easy finish.|
|36'||Seattle commits another foul and Marathón looks to build from their free kick opportunity.|
|34'||Marathón is awarded a free kick and gets the ball up field and into the Seattle box before it is cleared out.|
|32'||Another close call as Scott gets his head on a ball played in from a corner kick.|
|30'||It is already decided that Seattle will advance, but Marathón will want to finish off on a strong note.|
|27'||S. Zakuani has scored a goal for Seattle Sounders! Assist by J. Parke.|
|Goal Seattle. Zakuani runs onto a through ball, beats a defender, and shoots the ball into the net.|
|26'||Seattle seems to be picking up their level of pressure.|
|23'||S. Ochoa has scored a goal for Seattle Sounders! Assist by M. Martínez.|
|M. Berrios gets yellow.|
|Goal Seattle. A nice cross in from wide right by Martínez and Ochoa gets onto it in the box. With a solid finish and the ball going firmly into the back of the net.|
|21'||Seattle is beginning to build more solid attacks up the field, but haven't managed to create any real danger yet.|
|19'||Seattle corner kick, Mendoza comes up with it.|
|17'||Seattle moves forward with a bit more intensity. Zakuani plays a cross in from the left side. Ochoa gets on it in the box but the ball goes wide left.|
|15'||The tempo of the game is at a very steady and relaxed pace, neither team bringing a high intensity to the pitch at this point.|
|13'||Hahnemann takes the Seattle Goal Kick.|
|11'||Seattle weaves the ball through a few Marathón defenders getting it right outside the box. A deflected shot is easy for Mendoza to control.|
|10'||Arzu attempts to build an attack on the right wing but loses the ball. Seattle switches it around to the other side and looks to move up field.|
|9'||Seattle passes it around the back but loses possession. Marathón takes advantage and gets off a nice shot on goal.|
|7'||After losing the ball up high, Seattle regains possession and looks to build an attack. Sounders are awarded a free kick.|
|5'||Seattle works the ball around the field, maintaining solid possession.|
|2'||Marathón building up the attack earning a corner kick.|
|1'||Seattle gets the first half underway.|
|Sounders off to a quick start with an early shot, a little test for the Marathón keeper.|
|Welcome to CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 4 match between the Seattle Sounders from the USA and Marathón from Honduras.|