2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League

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2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League
Tournament details
Dates July 31, 2012 – May 1, 2013
Teams 24 (from 11 associations)
Final positions
Champions Mexico Monterrey (3rd title)
Runners-up Mexico Santos Laguna
Tournament statistics
Matches played 62
Goals scored 182 (2.94 per match)
Attendance 618,417 (9,974 per match)
Top scorer(s) Panama Nicolás Muñoz
Colombia Carlos Quintero
(6 goals)
Best player Mexico Aldo de Nigris
Best goalkeeper Mexico Oswaldo Sánchez

The 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League was the 5th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 48th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. It remained a 24-team tournament, but the format changed for this edition. CCL play began on July 31, 2012 and finished on May 1, 2013. The winner qualified as the CONCACAF representative for the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.[1]

Monterrey won their third consecutive title after defeating Santos Laguna in an all-Mexican final, and equaled Cruz Azul's feat of winning three consecutive CONCACAF club titles (1969–71), when the competition was known as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.[2]

Qualification[edit]

Twenty-four teams participate in the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League from the North American, Central American, and Caribbean zones. Nine of the teams come from North America, twelve from Central America, and three from the Caribbean.

Teams may be disqualified and replaced by a team from a different country if the club does not have an available stadium that meets CONCACAF regulations for safety. If a club's own stadium fails to meet the set standards then it may find a suitable replacement stadium within its own country. However, if it is still determined that the club cannot provide the adequate facilities then it runs the risk of being replaced.

North America[edit]

A total of nine clubs from the North American Football Union participate in the Champions League. Mexico and the United States are allocated four spots, the most of any CONCACAF nation, while Canada is granted one spot in the tournament.

In Mexico, the winners of the Mexican Primera División Apertura and Clausura tournaments earn berths in Pot A of the tournament's group stage, while the Apertura and Clausura runners-up earn berths in Pot B.

For the United States, three of its four spots are allocated through the Major League Soccer (MLS) regular season and playoffs, while the fourth spot is allocated to whoever wins the domestic cup competition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The winner of the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup (if US-based) are placed in Pot A; the MLS Cup runner-up (if US-based) and the U.S. Open Cup winner are placed in Pot B.

The winner of Canada's domestic cup competition, the Canadian Championship, earns the lone Canadian berth into the tournament, in Pot B. Despite the inclusion of Canadian teams in MLS, they cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS, and if a Canadian-based MLS team win the Supporters' Shield or play in the MLS Cup final, the Champions League place is allocated to the US-based team with the best MLS regular season record who has failed to otherwise qualify.

Central America[edit]

Twelve clubs from the Central American Football Union qualify to the Champions League. If one or more clubs is precluded, it is supplanted by a club from another Central American federation. The reallocation would be based on results from previous Champions League tournaments.

For the Central American representatives that qualify via split seasons, in nations that play a playoff to determine a national champion, the winner gains the nation's top spot. In nations that don't utilize such methods, total points over both seasons, followed by other tiebreakers, determine which team gains the nation's top spot. The pots of the teams are as follows:

  • The top teams from the leagues of Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama are placed in Pot A.
  • The top team from the league of El Salvador, and the second teams from the leagues of Costa Rica and Honduras are placed in Pot B.
  • The second teams from the leagues of Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador, and the sole representatives from the leagues of Nicaragua and Belize are placed in Pot C.

Caribbean[edit]

Three berths in Pot C are allocated to the top three finishers of the CFU Club Championship, a subcontinental tournament for clubs from nations of the Caribbean Football Union. In order for a Caribbean club to qualify for the CFU Club Championship, they would need to finish as the champion (or in some cases, runner-up) in their respective nation's top league in the previous season.

If any Caribbean club is precluded, it is supplanted by the fourth place finisher from the CFU Club Championship.

Teams[edit]

The following teams qualified for the tournament.[3]

Association Team Pot Qualifying method App* Last App* Previous Best*
North America (9 teams)
Mexico Mexico
4 berths
UANL A 2011 Apertura champion 1st N/A N/A
Santos Laguna A 2012 Clausura champion
2011 Apertura runner-up Note MEX
4th 2011–12 Runner-up
Guadalajara B Non-finalist with best regular season record in 2011 Apertura Note MEX 1st N/A N/A
Monterrey B 2012 Clausura runner-up 3rd 2011–12 Champion (2)
United States United States
4 berths
Los Angeles Galaxy A 2011 MLS Cup champion
2011 MLS Supporters' Shield champion Note USA
3rd 2011–12 Quarterfinals
Seattle Sounders FC A 2011 MLS Supporters' Shield runner-up Note USA
2011 U.S. Open Cup champion
3rd 2011–12 Quarterfinals
Houston Dynamo B 2011 MLS Cup runner-up 3rd 2009–10 Quarterfinals
Real Salt Lake B 2011 MLS Supporters' Shield third place Note USA 2nd 2010–11 Runner-up
Canada Canada
1 berth
Toronto FC B 2012 Canadian Championship champion 4th 2011–12 Semifinals
Central America (12 teams)
El Salvador El Salvador
3 berths
Isidro Metapán B 2011 Apertura champion 5th 2011–12 Quarterfinals
Águila C 2012 Clausura champion 1st N/A N/A
FAS C Non-champion with best aggregate record in 2011–12 season 2nd 2010–11 Group stage
Costa Rica Costa Rica
2 berths
Alajuelense B 2011 Invierno champion 3rd 2011–12 Group stage
Herediano A 2012 Verano champion 3rd 2011–12 Group stage
Honduras Honduras
2 berths
Olimpia A 2011 Apertura champion
2012 Clausura champion
5th 2011–12 Quarterfinals
Marathón B Non-champion with best aggregate record in 2011–12 season 4th 2010–11 Quarterfinals
Guatemala Guatemala
2 berths
Municipal C 2011 Apertura champion 4th 2011–12 Group stage
Xelajú A 2012 Clausura champion 2nd 2010–11 Preliminary round
Panama Panama
2 berths
Chorrillo A 2011 Apertura champion 1st N/A N/A
Tauro C 2012 Clausura champion 4th 2011–12 Group stage
Nicaragua Nicaragua
1 berth
Real Estelí C 2011 Apertura champion
2012 Clausura champion
3rd 2011–12 Preliminary round
Caribbean (3 teams)
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA C 2012 CFU Club Championship champion 1st N/A N/A
W Connection C 2012 CFU Club Championship runner-up 2nd 2009–10 Group stage
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders C 2012 CFU Club Championship third place 5th 2011–12 Semifinals
Notes
  • * Number of appearances, last appearance, and previous best result count only those in the CONCACAF Champions League era starting from 2008–09 (not counting those in the era of the Champions' Cup from 1962 to 2008).
  • Because Belize does not have a stadium which meets CONCACAF'S minimum standards for the Champions League, the spot normally reserved for Belize's champion was reallocated to El Salvador, since it was the only Central American nation to send a team to the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.[4]
  • Mexico (MEX): Because Santos Laguna, the 2011 Apertura runner-up, also won the 2012 Clausura, they relinquished the spot allocated to the Apertura runner-up to Guadalajara, the team with the best regular season record in the Apertura, based on the formula outlined by the Mexican Football Federation.[5]
  • United States (USA): Because the Los Angeles Galaxy won both the 2011 MLS Supporters' Shield and the 2011 MLS Cup, Seattle Sounders FC, the 2011 MLS Supporters' Shield runner-up, was also placed in Pot A, and as they also won the 2011 U.S. Open Cup, a CCL berth became available and went to Real Salt Lake, the 2011 MLS Supporters' Shield third place.[6]

Format[edit]

On January 12, 2012, CONCACAF announced that the 2012–13 tournament would be played under a different format than previous editions, where the preliminary round is eliminated and all qualified teams enter the group stage.[7] In the group stage, the 24 teams are drawn into eight groups of three, with each group containing one team from each of the three pots. The allocation of teams into pots are based on their national association and qualifying berth. Teams from the same association (excluding "wildcard" teams which replace a team from another association) cannot be drawn with each other in the group stage, and each group is guaranteed to contain a team from either the United States or Mexico, meaning U.S. and Mexican teams cannot play each other in the group stage. Each group is played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners of each group advance to the championship stage.

In the championship stage, the eight teams play a single-elimination tournament. Each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. The away goals rule is used if the aggregate score is level after normal time of the second leg, but not after extra time, and so a tie is decided by penalty shoot-out if the aggregate score is level after extra time of the second leg. Unlike previous years where a second draw was conducted to set the pairings for the championship stage, the bracket is determined by the teams' record in the group stage.[8] The quarterfinals match the team with the best record against the team with the worst record, while the second-best team faces the seventh-best, third against sixth and fourth against fifth. The top four teams play the second leg at home. In the semifinals, the winner of 1-vs-8 faces the winner of 4-vs-5, with the 1-vs-8 winner hosting the second leg, and likewise 2-vs-7 plays 3-vs-6, with the 2-vs-7 winner hosting the second leg. In the finals, the team that prevails out of the upper bracket of 1-8-4-5 hosts the second leg. This means that the higher-seeded team does not necessarily host the second leg in the semifinals and finals.

Pot A
Mexico UANL Mexico Santos Laguna United States Los Angeles Galaxy United States Seattle Sounders FC
Costa Rica Herediano Honduras Olimpia Guatemala Xelajú Panama Chorrillo
Pot B
Mexico Guadalajara Mexico Monterrey United States Houston Dynamo United States Real Salt Lake
Costa Rica Alajuelense Honduras Marathón El Salvador Isidro Metapán Canada Toronto FC
Pot C
Guatemala Municipal Panama Tauro El Salvador Águila Nicaragua Real Estelí
El Salvador FAS Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA Trinidad and Tobago W Connection Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows.[9]

Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Group stage Matchday 1 June 5, 2012
(New York, USA)[10]
July 31–August 2, 2012
Matchday 2 August 21–23, 2012
Matchday 3 August 28–30, 2012
Matchday 4 September 18–20, 2012
Matchday 5 September 25–27, 2012
Matchday 6 October 23–25, 2012
Championship stage Quarterfinals March 5–7, 2013 March 12–14, 2013
Semifinals April 2–4, 2013 April 9–11, 2013
Finals April 24, 2013 May 1, 2013

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on June 5, 2012.[11] The winners of each group advanced to the championship stage.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[1]

  1. Greater number of points earned in matches between the teams concerned
  2. Greater goal difference in matches between the teams concerned
  3. Greater number of goals scored away from home in matches between the teams concerned
  4. Reapply first three criteria if two or more teams are still tied
  5. Greater goal difference in all group matches
  6. Greater number of goals scored in group matches
  7. Greater number of goals scored away in all group matches
  8. Drawing of lots

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Mexico Santos Laguna 4 4 0 0 13 1 +12 12
Canada Toronto FC 4 2 0 2 9 5 +4 6
El Salvador Águila 4 0 0 4 1 17 −16 0
  ÁGU SAN TOR
Águila 0–4 0–3
Santos Laguna 5–0 1–0
Toronto FC 5–1 1–3

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Costa Rica Herediano 4 3 1 0 4 1 +3 10
United States Real Salt Lake 4 2 1 1 3 1 +2 7
Panama Tauro 4 0 0 4 1 6 −5 0
  HER RSL TAU
Herediano 1–0 2–1
Real Salt Lake 0–0 2–0
Tauro 0–1 0–1

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
United States Houston Dynamo 4 2 2 0 9 3 +6 8
Honduras Olimpia 4 1 2 1 6 4 +2 5
El Salvador FAS 4 1 0 3 3 11 −8 3
  FAS HOU OLI
FAS 1–3 2–1
Houston Dynamo 4–0 1–1
Olimpia 3–0 1–1

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
United States Seattle Sounders FC 4 4 0 0 12 5 +7 12
Honduras Marathón 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 4
Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA 4 0 1 3 3 8 −5 1
  CAL MAR SEA
Caledonia AIA 0–0 1–3
Marathón 2–1 2–3
Seattle Sounders FC 3–1 3–1

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
United States Los Angeles Galaxy 4 3 1 0 12 4 +8 10
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 4
El Salvador Isidro Metapán 4 1 0 3 7 12 −5 3
  MET LA PRI
Isidro Metapán 2–3 3–1
Los Angeles Galaxy 5–2 4–0
Puerto Rico Islanders 3–0 0–0

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Mexico UANL 4 2 2 0 12 3 +9 8
Costa Rica Alajuelense 4 2 1 1 4 7 −3 7
Nicaragua Real Estelí 4 0 1 3 1 7 −6 1
  ALA EST UANL
Alajuelense 1–0 2–2
Real Estelí 0–1 1–1
UANL 5–0 4–0

Group 7[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Mexico Monterrey 4 4 0 0 15 0 +15 12
Guatemala Municipal 4 2 0 2 4 6 −2 6
Panama Chorrillo 4 0 0 4 2 15 −13 0
  CHO MON MUN
Chorrillo 0–6 1–2
Monterrey 5–0 3–0
Municipal 2–1 0–1

Group 8[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Guatemala Xelajú 4 2 1 1 7 6 +1 7
Mexico Guadalajara 4 2 1 1 7 3 +4 7
Trinidad and Tobago W Connection 4 0 2 2 5 10 −5 2
  GUA WCO XEL
Guadalajara 4–0 2–1
W Connection 1–1 2–2
Xelajú 1–0 3–2
Tiebreakers
  • Xelajú are ranked ahead of Guadalajara on head-to-head away goals.

Championship stage[edit]

Seeding[edit]

The qualified teams were seeded 1–8 in the championship stage according to their results in the group stage.

Seed
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Mexico Monterrey 4 4 0 0 15 0 +15 12
2 Mexico Santos Laguna 4 4 0 0 13 1 +12 12
3 United States Seattle Sounders FC 4 4 0 0 12 5 +7 12
4 United States Los Angeles Galaxy 4 3 1 0 12 4 +8 10
5 Costa Rica Herediano 4 3 1 0 4 1 +3 10
6 Mexico UANL 4 2 2 0 12 3 +9 8
7 United States Houston Dynamo 4 2 2 0 9 3 +6 8
8 Guatemala Xelajú 4 2 1 1 7 6 +1 7

Ranking rules: 1. Points; 2. Goal difference; 3. Goals scored; 4. Away goals scored; 5. Wins; 6. Away wins; 7. Drawing of lots.[1]

Bracket[edit]

The bracket of the championship stage was determined by the seeding as follows:[1]

  • Quarterfinals: Seed 1 vs. Seed 8 (QF1), Seed 2 vs. Seed 7 (QF2), Seed 3 vs. Seed 6 (QF3), Seed 4 vs. Seed 5 (QF4), with seeds 1–4 hosting the second leg
  • Semifinals: Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF4 (SF1), Winner QF2 vs. Winner QF3 (SF2), with winners QF1 and QF2 hosting the second leg
  • Finals: Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2, with winner SF1 hosting the second leg
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                         
6  Mexico UANL 1 1 2  
3  United States Seattle Sounders FC 0 3 3  
  3  United States Seattle Sounders FC 0 1 1  
  2  Mexico Santos Laguna 1 1 2  
7  United States Houston Dynamo 1 0 1
2  Mexico Santos Laguna 0 3 3  
  2  Mexico Santos Laguna 0 2 2
  1  Mexico Monterrey 0 4 4
5  Costa Rica Herediano 0 1 1  
4  United States Los Angeles Galaxy 0 4 4  
  4  United States Los Angeles Galaxy 1 0 1
  1  Mexico Monterrey 2 1 3  
8  Guatemala Xelajú 1 1 2
1  Mexico Monterrey 3 1 4  

Quarterfinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Xelajú Guatemala 2–4 Mexico Monterrey 1–3 1–1
Houston Dynamo United States 1–3 Mexico Santos Laguna 1–0 0–3
UANL Mexico 2–3 United States Seattle Sounders FC 1–0 1–3
Herediano Costa Rica 1–4 United States Los Angeles Galaxy 0–0 1–4

Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Los Angeles Galaxy United States 1–3 Mexico Monterrey 1–2 0–1
Seattle Sounders FC United States 1–2 Mexico Santos Laguna 0–1 1–1

Finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Santos Laguna Mexico 2–4 Mexico Monterrey 0–0 2–4

Awards[edit]

Award Player Team
Golden Ball[12] Mexico Aldo de Nigris Mexico Monterrey
Golden Boot[13] Panama Nicolás Muñoz El Salvador Isidro Metapán
Colombia Carlos Quintero Mexico Santos Laguna
Best Goalkeeper[14] Mexico Oswaldo Sánchez Mexico Santos Laguna

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Panama Nicolás Muñoz El Salvador Isidro Metapán 6
Colombia Carlos Quintero Mexico Santos Laguna 6
3 Mexico Aldo de Nigris Mexico Monterrey 5
Chile Humberto Suazo Mexico Monterrey 5
5 United States Jack McBean United States Los Angeles Galaxy 4
United States Sammy Ochoa United States Seattle Sounders FC 4
Mexico Alan Pulido Mexico UANL 4
8 Argentina Neri Cardozo Mexico Monterrey 3
Mexico Darío Carreño Mexico Monterrey 3
Guatemala Edgar Chinchilla Guatemala Xelajú 3
Canada Terry Dunfield Canada Toronto FC 3
Mexico Marco Fabián Mexico Guadalajara 3
United States Herculez Gomez Mexico Santos Laguna 3
Mexico Ángel Reyna Mexico Monterrey 3

Source:[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "CONCACAF Champions League Regulations 2012/2013". CONCACAF.com. 
  2. ^ "CCL Final: Monterrey wins 4-2". CONCACAF Champions League. May 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Qualifying 2012/2013". CONCACAF.com. 
  4. ^ "El Salvador receives extra CCL berth". CONCACAF.com. 5 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "América, Monterrey y Chivas podrían ir a la ConcaChampions sin llegar a la final". vavel.com. 5 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Galaxy win sets U.S. CCL qualifiers". CONCACAF.com. 2011-11-21. 
  7. ^ "Preliminary Round eliminated from CCL". CONCACAF.com. 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "CCL Draw procedures unveiled". CONCACAF.com. 6 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Schedule". CONCACAF.com. 
  10. ^ "Champions League draw set for June 5". CONCACAF.com. 2012-05-29. 
  11. ^ "Monterrey draws Chorillo, Municipal for CCL". CONCACAF.com. 6 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "De Nigris wins CCL Golden Ball". CONCACAF.com. 5 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Quintero, Muñoz share CCL Golden Boot". CONCACAF.com. 5 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Santos' Sanchez named top CCL goalkeeper". CONCACAF.com. 5 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Champions League 2012/2013 — Topscorers". CONCACAF.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 

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