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||F. Mondragón (GK)|
|Coach: E. Portillo|
|90' +4||Bautista takes the corner for Metapán and the resulting effort is just wide of the Galaxy goal. The referee blows for full time and LA Galaxy win 3-2. Galaxy advance to the quarter final of this competition as the winners of Group 5.|
|90' +1||Sánchez takes yet another corner for Metapán that is headed clear at the front post by Galaxy.|
|90'||Suárez drives an ambitious shot from 40 yards out that is over the Galaxy goal for a goal kick.|
|89'||D. Keat enters the game and replaces P. Noonan.|
|88'||The cross by Sánchez is high to the back post, but the referee blows the whistle for a foul on Metapán inside the Galaxy area.|
|87'||Keat blocks the cross for a corner to be taken by Sánchez.|
|84'||The last time these two met in this competition, LA Galaxy won 5-2 at home.|
|82'||Sánchez takes the corner for Metapán and Perk punches clear for another corner. Sánchez takes the corner again to the back post. Perk saves for Galaxy!|
|79'||M. Stephens has scored a goal for LA Galaxy!|
|Noonan chips a cross to the back post that hits the back post and Stephens is there to put the rebound into the goal for the Galaxy! Galaxy lead 3-2.|
|78'||Muñoz plays a low cross across the face of goal that Bautista slides in an attempt to connect for a goal, but he can't reach the ball and Galaxy are awarded the goal kick.|
|76'||Muñoz drives a cross from the top corner of the area that fails to find an attacker and goes out for a Galaxy goal kick.|
|74'||Walker plays a searching ball into the 18 that Mondragón comes off his line to meet before the Galaxy attackers could capitalize.|
|72'||Muñoz takes a shot from the top of the area after a breakdown in the Galaxy defense. Perk makes the save for Galaxy.|
|70'||S. Martín enters the game and replaces E. Quintanilla.|
|69'||Walker takes an out-swinging corner for LA that Muñoz punches to the top of the 18 and the defense clears.|
|67'||N. Muñoz has scored a goal for Metapán!|
|Jimenez is called for a foul just outside the Galaxy area on the left flank. Muñoz takes the free kick and curls his shot to the top corner of the near post! Muñoz scores and we are all tied at 2.|
|65'||Galaxy have had trouble finding the net in away CCL games. Galaxy have scored 1 goal or less in 4 of the last 5 CCL away games.|
|62'||J. McBean has scored a goal for LA Galaxy! Assist by B. Gaul.|
|Sarvas chips a high ball to the left side of the area from the free kick that is headed back across goal by Gaul to McBean. McBean puts the ball in from 6 yards out first time! Galaxy lead 2-1.|
|61'||C. Bautista enters the game and replaces J. Ramírez.|
|60'||Metapán is applying more pressure, after gaining confidence from the Suárez equalizer.|
|59'||Marcelo Sarvas enters the game and replaces B. Jordan.|
|58'||Quintanilla plays a low ball in to Muñoz at the top of the area. Muñoz lifts his right footed shot over the Galaxy goal from 18 yards out.|
|55'||P. Suárez has scored a goal for Metapán! Assist by N. Muñoz.|
|Muñoz breaks down the right flank and cuts a cross back to Suárez in the middle of the area. Suárez takes the first time shot from 12 yards out that deflects of Jimenez for a Metapán goal. The game is tied 1-1!|
|53'||Quintanilla takes a short corner to Martínez whose shot is deflected out for another corner that is defended well by Galaxy.|
|50'||Martínez lifts a shot high and wide from well out.|
|49'||Gaul plays in a cross to McBean who is called for a high kick. Metapán free kick at the top of their own area.|
|46'||Metapán kick off and the second half begins here in Metapán.|
|45' +2||Sánchez takes the free kick for Metapán that is blocked by the wall. The referee blows for half time and Galaxy lead 1-0.|
|45'||Garcia drives the free kick low that Mondragón saves! Stephens is there for the rebound, but Mondragón had a hand on the ball before Stephens got to the rebound.|
|43'||Suárez is called for a foul on Garcia at the top of the area for a Galaxy free kick in a dangerous area.|
|42'||Suárez takes a right footed shot from 18 yards out after cutting back behind his defender that hits the cross bar!|
|41'||Even though Metapán cannot advance they will be eager to get a victory in front of their home fans.|
|38'||J. McBean has scored a goal for LA Galaxy! Assist by B. Gaul.|
|Gaul plays a cross in to McBean at the 6 yard box. McBean beats Mondragón to the ball and McBean's header rockets off the cross bar and crosses the goal line for an LA goal. Galaxy lead 1-0.|
|37'||E. Aquino gets yellow.|
|36'||A. Boyens gets yellow.|
|Boyens receives a yellow for kicking the ball away after being called for a foul near midfield.|
|34'||Stephens takes a touch inside at the top of the area and drives a shot that is just over the Metapán goal for a goal kick.|
|32'||Sánchez takes an in-swinging corner for Metapán and Ramírez has an opportunity that he hits over the LA goal.|
|30'||A shot from Metapán from the left flank is saved by Perk and Ramírez mishits the rebound from 7 yards out.|
|27'||Pacheco takes the free kick that deflects off the wall and Perk comes well off his line to collect the ball at the right side of the area.|
|26'||Ramírez is fouled by Boyens at the top of the area for a Metapán free kick from 25 yards out.|
|24'||Ramírez is played into the area by Quintanilla and he is one on one with Perk. Perk saves for a corner! Quintanilla takes the corner for Metapán, but it is to close to Perk who collects for Galaxy.|
|21'||M. Molina enters the game and replaces L. Perla.|
|Martínez blasts a shot from 25 yards out that goes wide right of Perk's goal.|
|19'||McBean is played into the box and beats his defender to drive a shot from 15 yards out. Mondragón makes the save and Galaxy is unable to capitalize on the rebound.|
|17'||Suárez delivers a driving cross from the left flank that Perk comes off his line to collect.|
|15'||Jimenez delivers a high curling cross to Noonan at the back post! Noonan's header is saved by a diving Mondragón.|
|14'||Walker delivers a cross from the free kick in the right flank that is headed clear by the defense.|
|13'||Stephens delivers a left footed cross that is cleared by the defense in the middle of the area.|
|11'||R. Garcia gets yellow.|
|Walker takes a free kick for Galaxy from 35 yards out that is blocked by the wall. Garcia receives the yellow for a late challenge on the flank.|
|9'||Muñoz takes a speculative shot that is collected easily by Perk.|
|7'||Play is back underway as Quintanilla takes the free kick for Metapán on the right flank that is cleared by the Galaxy defense.|
|6'||Play is stopped as Perla and Boyens collide and both need attention on the field.|
|5'||Quintanilla takes a free kick for Metapán from the right flank that is low and cleared easily by the defense.|
|3'||Noonan is played into the box and is alone on Mondragón. Noonan snatches at his volley and it's a Metapán goal kick.|
|2'||Noonan wins a free kick for Galaxy in a dangerous position 40 yards out from the goal. Galaxy take the kick and Mondragón makes the save!|
|1'||Galaxy kick off and this game is underway!|
|Welcome to Estadio Jorge 'Calero’ in Metapán for this Group 5 clash between Metapán and LA Galaxy. Hugo Cruz of Costa Rica is your official for tonight’s match.|