Group stage schedule for 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League released

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Los Angeles Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake, Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC fans: Take out your calendars.

The schedule for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League was released on Friday, with the completion of the Caribbean qualifying tournament this week putting Puerto Rico Islanders in the same group as the Galaxy again, Trinidadian side Caledonia AIA in the same group as the Sounders and Trinidadian side W Connection in the same group as Chivas de Guadalajara and Guatemalan side Xelaju. The rest of the other groups were determined in a draw earlier in the month

RSL begin their quest to return to the final on the opening matchday, July 31, at Costa Rican side Herediano. 2011-12 semifinalists TFC meet Salvadoran side Aguila at home the following day, while the Sounders open up at home against Caledonia on Aug. 2.

The Galaxy and Dynamo begin their four-game group stage in Week 2, with Houston playing at CD FAS on Aug. 22 and Los Angeles hosting Isidro Metapan on Aug. 23.

With the shift in format this year, the winners of each of the eight three-team groups will advance to the quarterfinals, where they'll be seeded based on group-stage performance.

Here is the complete list of match fixtures for the 2012-13 CCL group stage:

CCL GROUP STAGE SCHEDULE

Week 1 

Tuesday, July 31 

CF Monterrey (MEX) vs. Chorrillo FC (PAN), 8 p.m.

CS Herediano (CRC) vs. Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m.

Wednesday, August 1 

Toronto FC (CAN) vs. CD Aguila (SLV), 8 p.m.

Isidro Metapan (SLV) vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR), 10 p.m. 

Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. Real Esteli (NCA), 10 p.m.

Thursday, August 2 

W Connection (TRI) vs. Xelaju (GUA), 8 p.m.

CD Olimpia (HON) vs. CD FAS (SLV), 10 p.m. 

Seattle Sounders (USA) vs. Caledonia AIA (TRI), 10 p.m.                        

Week 2 

Tuesday, August 21 

Santos Laguna (MEX) vs. CD Aguila (SLV), 8 p.m.

Real Salt Lake (USA) vs. Tauro FC (PAN), 10 p.m.

Xelaju MC (GUA) vs. CD Guadalajara (MEX), 10 p.m. 
             
Wednesday, August 22 

Caledonia AIA (TRI) vs. CD Marathon (HON), 8 p.m.

LD Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Tigres UANL (MEX), 10 p.m. 

CD FAS (SLV) vs. Houston Dynamo (USA), 10 p.m.
 
Thursday, August 23 

Chorrillo (PAN) vs. CSD Municipal (GUA), 8 p.m.

LA Galaxy (USA) vs. Isidro Metapan (SLV), 10 p.m. 
     
Week 3

Tuesday, August 28 

Toronto FC (CAN) vs. Santos Laguna (MEX), 8 p.m.

Real Esteli (NCA) vs. LD Alajuelense (CRC), 10 p.m. 
  
Wednesday, August 29 

CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs. W Connection (TRI), 8 p.m.

LA Galaxy (USA) vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR), 10 p.m.

CSD Municipal (GUA) v Monterrey (MEX), 10 p.m. 
  
Thursday, August 30 

Tauro FC (PAN) vs. CS Herediano (CRC), 8 p.m.

Caledonia AIA (TRI) vs. Seattle Sounders (USA), 8 p.m.

CD Olimpia (HON) vs. Houston Dynamo (USA), 10 p.m.
 
Week 4 

Tuesday, September 18 

Tauro FC (PAN) vs. Real Salt Lake (USA), 8 p.m.

Xelaju MC (GUA) vs. W Connection (TRI), 10 p.m.

Real Esteli (NCA) vs. Tigres UANL (MEX), 10 p.m.     
  
Wednesday, September 19 

Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR) vs. LA Galaxy (USA), 8 p.m.

CD Aguila (SLV) vs. Santos Laguna (MEX), 10 p.m.

CD Marathon (HON) vs. Seattle Sounders (USA), 10 p.m.
 
Thursday, September 20 

Houston Dynamo (USA) vs. CD FAS (SLV), 8 p.m.

CSD Municipal (GUA) vs. Chorrillo FC (PAN), 10 p.m. 
  
Week 5 

Tuesday, September 25 

CF Monterrey (MEX) vs. CSD Municipal (GUA), 8 p.m.

CD Aguila (SLV) vs. Toronto FC (CAN), 10 p.m.

CS Herediano (CRC) vs. Tauro FC (PAN), 10 p.m.
 
Wednesday, September 26 

W Connection (TRI) vs. CD Guadalajara (MEX), 8 p.m.

CD Marathon (HON) vs. Caledonia AIA (TRI), 10 p.m.

LD Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Real Esteli (NCA), 10 p.m. 
  
Thursday, September 27 

Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR) vs. Isidro Metapan (SLV), 8 p.m.

CD FAS (SLV) vs. CD Olimpia (HON), 10 p.m.
 
Week 6 

Tuesday, October 23 

Houston Dynamo (USA) vs. CD Olimpia (HON), 8 p.m.

Real Salt Lake (USA) vs. CS Herediano (CRC), 10 p.m.

Chorrillo FC (PAN) vs. CF Monterrey (MEX), 10 p.m. 
  
Wednesday, October 24 

Santos Laguna (MEX) vs. Toronto FC (CAN), 8 p.m. 

Seattle Sounders (USA) vs. CD Marathon (HON), 10 p.m.

Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. LD Alajuelense (CRC), 10 p.m.
 
Thursday, October 25 

CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs. Xelaju MC (GUA), 8 p.m. 

Isidro Metapan (SLV) vs. LA Galaxy (USA), 10 p.m. 

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12 Responses to Group stage schedule for 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League released

  1. Bart says:

    can someone tell me why the champions league final happens April 18th? is it because concacaf are all on different schedules?

  2. 2tone says:

    Yeah the scheduling needs to change in my opinion. The Group stage should be in April while the final should be in October.

  3. hogatroge says:

    My Dynamo start with 2 road games… I sure hope they can leave with a few points!

  4. RLW2020 says:

    because the rest of the world, and concacaf is on a fall-spring schedule.

  5. Gnarls says:

    Puerto Rico Islanders: the bain of LA’s existence.

  6. bigprof says:

    they should do like s. america and have it just over half of a year… leaving open perhaps the other half for pan pacific or mls invites to copa sudamericana. anyway, this is all hardcore, and my panties are in a bunch. i just hope the moth**effing people show up to watch. c’mon peeps, lets make this all exciting.

  7. Vic says:

    Hopefully an MLS team can win this tournament sometime in the near future. However, it is unlikely. When it comes to the semifinal or the final what we’ve seen repeatedly is the ref cheating for the Mexican teams. Whether the ref wants the Mexican team to win or he’s afraid of the hostile atmosphere, either way the MLS team gets bad calls. Is there anyway MLS can request a European ref for the later stages?

  8. jya says:

    Yeah the refs are the reason the MLS has never won this

  9. Mr. Maxican says:

    Dynamo bench will need to come up big,
    8/19 Columbus at BBVA
    8/22 FAS at El Salvador
    8/25 Toronto at BBVA
    8/30 Olimipa at Honduras

  10. Travis says:

    As long as this tournament/MLS schedule is as it is an MLS team will never win it. The later rounds are held in the MLS’s off season or in the first week or two of the MLS season so the teams are never in game shape. Ultimately the MLS will need their schedule to align with the rest of the world other than the Scandinavian countries. I understand why they haven’t done it yet but it will happen eventually.

  11. curmudgeon says:

    Try not to be so pathetic in the future.

  12. Ray says:

    No, it is not the schedule. It is the teams. MLS has not shown they can even consistently beat C.American teams, much less Mexican teams. I think they just don’t have the depth for these type of tournaments.

    Lets be realistic.