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||B. Perk (GK)|
|Coach: B. Arena|
|90' +3||The referee blows for full time and LA Galaxy are victorious over Puerto Rico Islanders 4-0.|
|90'||Jimenez delivers a high cross to the back post that goes out for a goal kick. Meyer clears the ball over the goal lone for an Islanders corner that is defended successfully by the Galaxy.|
|87'||Walker blasts a shot from the top of the area that goes over Martin's goal for a goal kick.|
|85'||LA are still pressing, looking for a 5th goal here tonight.|
|82'||M. Stephens has scored a goal for LA Galaxy!|
|Marcelo Sarvas enters the game and replaces J. McBean.|
|The ball falls to Stephens in the area after the Islander's defense cut out a pass. Stephens slides the ball past Martin and LA lead 4-0.|
|81'||Y. Danso enters the game and replaces N. Delgado.|
|80'||J. McBean has scored a goal for LA Galaxy!|
|Stephens delivers a cross to McBean in the center of the area. McBean's volley is blocked and McBean rockets the rebound into the roof of the net from the center of the area. LA lead 3-0.|
|78'||Should this result hold, Galaxy would take top position in Group 5 with 6 points.|
|75'||Jimenez shoots from the right of the Islanders goal, but his shot towards the back post is wide of Martin's goal.|
|74'||LA Galaxy are maintaining possession and building a patient attack.|
|72'||Puerto Rico take a free kick from just outside the area to the left of Galaxy's goal. The free kick hits the Galaxy wall and the subsequent cross is cleared by Galaxy.|
|71'||E. Buddle enters the game and replaces P. Noonan.|
|69'||H. Ramos enters the game and replaces G. Richardson.|
|Addlery shoots from the top right corner of the area, but drags his shot wide left of the Galaxy goal for a goal kick.|
|67'||Richardson delivers a driving cross from the right side of the area that Perk cuts out before it could find an Islander at the back post.|
|65'||C. Ibeagha enters the game and replaces E. Edward.|
|Gaul takes a left footed shot from 25 yards out that goes across the face of goal and out for a goal kick.|
|64'||Garcia rockets a shot from 25 yards that hits his own teammate Walker, and the Islanders clear.|
|62'||Jimenez breaks down the right flank and delivers a low cross towards McBean! Martin cuts out the cross at the vital moment!|
|60'||LA Galaxy are still pressing, looking for more goals to secure a victory tonight.|
|57'||Nicholas Addlery is Puerto Rico’s all-time leading CCL scorer with 9 goals.|
|54'||Walker takes the free kick for LA and delivers a high ball into the area, but Puerto Rico is awarded a free kick inside their own area.|
|52'||S. Franklin enters the game and replaces J. Villareal.|
|Villareal is unable to return to action and Franklin comes in to replace him.|
|50'||Jimenez plays a dangerous ball across the Islanders area, but no LA Galaxy player could connect.|
|48'||Play is temporarily stopped as Villareal was shaken up after scoring for LA. Puerto Rico kick off and the game is back on.|
|46'||J. Villareal has scored a goal for LA Galaxy! Assist by J. McBean.|
|Puerto Rico kick off and the second half is underway! Villareal breaks through the defense and goes around Martin at the top of the area and scores! LA lead 2-0.|
|45' +2||Puerto Rico take the free kick and the referee blows for half time and LA lead Puerto Rico 1-0.|
|45' +1||Addlery wins a free kick on the left flank near midfield.|
|45'||There will be 1 minute of added time.|
|43'||Edward delivers a high cross into the Galaxy area that is collected comfortably by Perk.|
|42'||Noonan takes a shot from 20 yards out that goes over Martin's goal for a goal kick.|
|39'||Puerto Rico play a short corner to Delgado. Delgado delivers a low cross that is cleared by the Galaxy defense.|
|38'||LA play the free kick short and the game is back on.|
|37'||A free kick is awarded to LA from 50 yards out.|
|36'||A long cross to the back post finds Addlery who attempts to head the ball back across the area, but could not keep the ball in play. LA goal kick.|
|33'||Galaxy are looking to continue their winning ways at home. They have recorded 4 wins and 2 losses in CCL home games.|
|30'||Nurse delivers a high lofty cross that is collected by Perk easily, and LA are on the counter attack.|
|29'||LA Galaxy have had trouble keeping their opponents off the score sheet. They have conceded 2 goals in each of their last 3 CCL games.|
|26'||LA takes an in-swinging, but McBean is called for a foul on Martin and a free kick is awarded to the Islanders.|
|24'||Stephens delivers a lofty cross to the back post that finds Noonan who touches it back into the center of the area for Garcia. Garcia's first touch is off and the Islanders clear the danger.|
|22'||Garcia wins a free kick for Puerto Rico near midfield. Puerto Rico takes the kick, but is called for off sides and the attack comes to an end.|
|20'||The corner is taken by the Islanders and goes through the area and is out for a Puerto Rico throw in.|
|19'||Delgado attacks the Galaxy goal inside the area along the goal line. Delgado's shot is blocked by Perk for a corner kick.|
|16'||Both of these teams have faced Isidro Metapan, with opposite results. LA Galaxy won their opener 5-2, while Puerto Rico lost 3-1.|
|13'||Villareal heads the ball at the back post of the Islanders goal, but is off target to the right of Martin's goal.|
|12'||A cross find Addlery in the Galaxy area, but the striker is called off side.|
|10'||Villareal breaks down the lefts flank and delivers a dangerous cross to McBean inside the Islanders area. The ball is cleared by the defense, but goes off a Galaxy player for a goal kick.|
|9'||Villareal takes a creative bicycle kick at the center of the Puerto Rico area that goes wide of Martin's goal.|
|7'||T. Meyer has scored a goal for LA Galaxy! Assist by K. Walker.|
|An outswinging corner is delivered to the back post and Meyer connects with a header! Meyer scores for LA! LA leads 1-0.|
|6'||Noonan delivers a cross that is cleared over the goal line for an LA corner.|
|3'||Villareal takes a shot from well out that goes wide right of Martin's goal.|
|1'||LA kick off and the game is on!|
|Welcome to The Home Depot Center in Carson, California for this Group 5 clash between LA Galaxy and Puerto Rico Islanders. Your official for this match is Jafeth Perea of Panama.|