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>
|1||R. Martin (GK)|
|14||J. van Schaik|
|Coach: A. Whitbread|
|90' +4||Full time whistle blows and the game ends in a 0-0 draw. Both teams with chances in the second half to break to deadlock, Perk playing particularly well for the Galaxy to keep the scores level.|
|90' +3||Galaxy win a corner at the death. Donovan sends it in but once again a solid header clears the danger.|
|90' +1||The fourth official holds up three additional minutes to this second half.|
|90'||Hanson has a shot across goal which Perk gets his finger tips to.|
|89'||Addlery now for the Islanders has a shooting chance, once again Perk well positioned and gathers with ease.|
|87'||Juninho wriggles through the Islanders defense and he strikes an effort into the side netting.|
|86'||Donovan has another chance from a corner kick, this time its straight into the arms of Martin.|
|84'||Donovan with the resulting corner is met by a firm defensive header from the Islanders.|
|83'||Marcelo Sarvas tries his luck from outside the box that takes a deflection off Vázquez, corner to the Galaxy.|
|81'||A defensive mix up almost lets Buddle in, just as he about to shoot a great challenge comes in and the Islanders hoof it up field.|
|79'||Juninho enters the game and replaces K. Walker.|
|78'||Jimenez has a speculative effort with the outside of his boot from 25-yards. Always going wide from the American and the Islanders have a goal kick.|
|76'||H. Ramos enters the game and replaces N. Delgado.|
|75'||A cross comes in and finds Hanson, his first time effort is straight into the grateful arms of Perk.|
|73'||Some magic from the Jamaican Addlery inside the box, he turns and tries to curl one into the top corner, its wide though and the Islanders have a goal kick.|
|71'||Delgado with a cracking effort from outside the box which Perk pushes around the post for a corner kick. Corner to the near post is headed out to Edwards whose low drive is just wide of the post.|
|69'||J. Hansen enters the game and replaces J. van Schaik.|
|68'||A dangerous looking ball comes into the 18-yard box and is collected by Perk again. Having a good game the Galaxy keeper.|
|65'||J. Marrero enters the game and replaces A. Rivera.|
|Marcelo Sarvas enters the game and replaces J. Villareal.|
|Villareal has a sniff of goal for the Galaxy, but he is crowded out just when he is about to pull the trigger.|
|62'||Donovan comes on to add some spice to this encounter. Still anyone's at this juncture. Game needs a goal though.|
|59'||L. Donovan enters the game and replaces P. Noonan.|
|Free kick to the Galaxy, Garcia steps up and strikes one into the wall and the Islanders can clear.|
|56'||Free kick to the Islanders is sent in and a Galaxy touch sets up Addlery, he goes to ground to easily inside the box and the referee waves play on.|
|53'||LA Galaxy stand top of Group 5 before tonight’s encounter with six points, Metapán are second on three points and the Puerto Rico Islanders have zero points.|
|52'||Addlery finds some room just outside the Galaxy box, he turns and shoots but his effort is ballooned over the bar.|
|49'||Walker is through on goal and gets a toe poke to it, Perk makes a decent save and the Galaxy win a corner. Good defending once more from the islanders as the corner comes to nothing.|
|47'||Villareal has an early opportunity with a Galaxy free kick. He strikes it, but its way over the bar from thirty plus yards.|
|46'||The Galaxy get the second half underway.|
|45' +2||Half time whistle blows and the sides will go into the break on level terms at 0-0.|
|45'||Corner kick to the Galaxy, Walker sends it in to the back post but the referee spots a foul and the islanders can clear.|
|42'||LA Galaxy stand top of Group 5 before tonight’s encounter with six points, Metapán are second on three points and the Puerto Rico Islanders have zero points.|
|41'||A long effort from Nurse takes a bounce before nestling into the arms of Perk.|
|40'||Five minutes to half time and the Islanders content in playing the ball around in midfield. Galaxy not exactly hell bent on retrieving it either.|
|38'||The islanders still plugging away, a shot is charged down and then a shout for a penalty is waved away.|
|35'||Another free kick for the Islanders is floated in and Perk jumps and makes a clean catch. The keeper fell a little awkwardly there but play continues.|
|32'||The Islanders have a free kick chance that is wasted, the ball is hit too long and perk it ushers it away for a goal kick.|
|31'||This is Puerto Rico Islanders’s third match in Group 5 tonight, their previous two matches ended in defeats to Metapán and the LA Galaxy respectively.|
|28'||Walker, for the Galaxy, sends in a free kick to the near post which is headed clear by a firm defensive header.|
|25'||Both teams going through a quiet phase of the game now, content in trying just to keep the ball, not much punch up front though.|
|23'||This is LA Galaxy’s third match in Group 5 tonight, their previous two matches ended in victories over Metapán and the Puerto Rico Islanders respectively.|
|20'||Rivera with some nice work that produces a decent cross, Addlery with a looping header that is just over the bar.|
|17'||Buddle in a little space at the top of the 18-yard box, he somewhat scuffs his shot though and the effort trickles wide.|
|15'||Stephens sends in a cross to Buddle, he manages to get a header on target but the referee blows for an infringement.|
|13'||Walker whips in a corner kick that Gaul gets a touch on, the shot is blocked and the Islanders clear.|
|10'||Edward goes on a long run at the Galaxy defense, a little unlucky as he loses the ball and Galaxy can clear. Good start from the Islanders.|
|7'||Addlery sneaks in down the left flank, cuts inside and shoots, Perk makes a solid save and the Islanders win a corner kick. The kick is sent in and a half chance is smothered by Perk at the second attempt.|
|4'||This should be a good match up for the Galaxy, the Islanders are a tough nut to crack on home soil.|
|1'||Puerto Rico Islanders get the first half underway.|
|Welcome to Estadio Juán Rámon Loubriel, Bayamón for tonight’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 5 match between Puerto Rico Islanders from Puerto Rico and LA Galaxy from the USA.|