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>
|23||C. Laurendi (GK)|
|14||J. van Schaik|
|19||H. Ramos||40' 79'||89'|
|Coach: A. Whitbread|
|90' +6||Full time whistle blows and the Islanders run out 3-0 winners. Metapán are out of the tournament and the LA Galaxy will progress to the knock out stages after this result.|
|90' +5||G. Richardson has scored a goal for Puerto Rico Islanders!|
|Goal Islanders. Richardson pops up at the death to give the Islanders a third.|
|90' +4||The resulting free kick is sent in and a scramble inside the 6-yard box almost creates a goal.|
|90' +3||A. Rivera gets yellow.|
|P. Suárez gets yellow.|
|Yellow card to Rivera for bringing down his opponent just outside the Islanders box.|
|90'||Ramos goes into the book as we have a coming together in center field by a group of players.|
|89'||H. Ramos gets yellow.|
|Danso is set free to run at goal but is closed down and the chance goes astray.|
|87'||Y. Danso enters the game and replaces J. Hansen.|
|86'||J. Ramírez gets yellow.|
|A little frustration showing now, Ramírez goes into the book for a rash challenge, no complaints there.|
|85'||Metapán have a corner which the Islanders defend with purpose. Just nothing doing up front for the El Salvadorians.|
|82'||Islanders cruising now, two goals to the good up and controlling proceedings.|
|79'||H. Ramos has scored a goal for Puerto Rico Islanders! Assist by J. Hansen.|
|Goal Islanders. Ramos again strikes, this time picking the ball up just inside the box and striking one back across goal and beyond Mondragón.|
|78'||Ramos breaks through the Metapán defense again, he sends a ball into the box and Richardson just can't get a boot to it.|
|76'||This is Metapán’s third match in Group 5 tonight, their previous two matches ended in a 3-1 victory over the Puerto Rico Islander’s followed by a 5-2 defeat to the LA Galaxy.|
|74'||C. Barreiro enters the game and replaces T. Wilson.|
|C. Bautista enters the game and replaces O. Mejía.|
|73'||Wilson in acres of space again, he turns and shoots inside the box but the effort is blocked.|
|71'||Muñoz tries his luck from the edge of the box, not much purchase on the ball though and Laurendi collects.|
|69'||An awful back pass from Perla lets in Ramos, his ball across the face of goal is not followed up by the Islanders and the chance goes begging.|
|66'||Wilson is in need of treatment after falling awkwardly.|
|63'||Ramírez has a free header inside the box superbly saved by Laurendi, Muñoz follows up and slides in to score but the referee blows for offside.|
|61'||Richardson finds Wilson with a long through ball, the final shot though is well over the bar.|
|60'||Metapán have a shot on target through Ramírez, Laurendi makes a fine save.|
|59'||Another teasing ball into the Metapán 18-yard box is collected by Mondragón.|
|58'||J. Ramírez enters the game and replaces E. Quintanilla.|
|57'||Ramos breaks free again on the left, his strike is saved well by Mondragón.|
|55'||J. Martínez enters the game and replaces C. Sánchez.|
|54'||G. Richardson enters the game and replaces J. Marrero.|
|53'||The Islanders take a corner kick and once again the referee sees something inside the box and the whistle blows for a Metapán free kick.|
|51'||Perez with a decent strike from the edge of the Metapán box that is just wide.|
|49'||This is Puerto Rico Islander’s fourth match in Group 5 tonight, their first two matches ended in heavy defeats to Metapán and the LA Galaxy, followed by a 0-0 draw at home to the Galaxy.|
|46'||R. Sánchez gets yellow.|
|Metapán get the second half underway. Quintanilla straight into the referees book for a two-footed challenge.|
|45' +2||Half time whistle blows and the Islanders take a slender 1-0 advantage into the break thanks to that 40th minute strike from Ramos.|
|45'||One additional minute to this first half.|
|43'||Corner to Metapán is hit too long and the ball drifts out on the far side for a goal kick.|
|40'||H. Ramos has scored a goal for Puerto Rico Islanders!|
|Goal Islanders. Ramos again is clean through on goal and this time makes no mistake with a cool finish.|
|38'||Ramos clean through on the Metapán goal and he finishes with aplomb, only for the linesman to raise his flag.|
|37'||A deep cross from the Islanders almost catches out Mondragón as the ball drifts almost into the goal.|
|35'||The Islanders are seeing a lot of the ball in the last fifteen minutes. Still no goals on the board but the Islanders have come the closest.|
|32'||The Islanders have a corner which is taken to the near post, once again the referees whistle blows and Metapán can clear.|
|30'||Wilson this time has a weak effort on goal that Mondragón collects with ease.|
|28'||The Islanders break again and a one-on-one opens up for Ramos but Mondragón makes a fine save.|
|27'||A neat one-two from the Islanders almost pays off, disappointing last touch though and the ball runs through to the keeper.|
|25'||A decent cross from the Islanders strikes J. van Schaik on the arm inside the box and the referee blows for a free kick.|
|22'||Metapán have a free kick from distance, it's disappointing though and straight into the arms of Laurendi.|
|19'||J. van Schaik with an effort on goal that is just wide of the target for the islanders.|
|15'||The Islanders have their first corner of the night, it's to the near post and the referee spots an infringement and Metapán clear up field.|
|14'||A bright opening to this first half, both clubs with efforts on goal, Metapán with the advantage on the possession.|
|10'||An in swinging corner is beaten out by Laurendi for a second effort. Another in swinging effort almost creeps in at the far post.|
|8'||Suárez has a strike on goal that Laurendi saves well.|
|6'||The islanders have an attack of their own, Ramos has a shot deflected, shouts for handball are ignored and Metapán clear.|
|3'||Metapán press forward in the opening minutes and Suárez finds himself in a good position but a disappointing end the attack has the Islanders clear up field.|
|1'||The 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 Metapán from El Salvador.|