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Champions League schedule announced

Posted on 22 June 2012 in FIFA Club World Cup

CONCACAF has announced the complete Group Stage schedule for the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. Two-time defending champion Monterrey (Mexico) will kick-off the competition by hosting Chorrillo FC (Panama) on Tuesday 31 July 2012. The opening day will conclude later that night, when CS Herediano welcomes 2010-11 runner-up Real Salt Lake (USA) to Costa Rica.

The new season of CONCACAF Champions League runs July 2012 to April 2013. Canada's representative is Toronto FC, the 2012 Amway Canadian Championship winner that has now qualified for four editions of CONCACAF Champions League. Only Isidro Metapan (El Salvador), the Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) and Olimpia (Honduras) have qualified for all five editions of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Metapan and the Islanders will meet on 1 August 2012 in a rematch of last year's preliminary-round series, which the Salvadoran club captured on the away goals rule after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

Olimpia, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, opens on 2 August at home against CD FAS (El Salvador) in a Central American pairing.

Newly-crowned Caribbean champion Caledonia AIA (Trinidad & Tobago) will complete the first week of play with a match at the Seattle Sounders (USA).

Week 2 will begin on Tuesday 21 August with an encounter between 2011-12 runner-up Santos Laguna (Mexico) and traveling CD Aguila (El Salvador), which is making its first Champions League appearance this year.

The Group Stage will feature six weeks of play and end on Thursday 25 October. Only the eight group winners will advance to the quarterfinals, which are set to begin on 5 March 2013.

For a list of the eight groups, please see below:

Group 1: Santos Laguna (Mexico), Toronto FC (Canada), CD Aguila (El Salvador)
Group 2: CS Herediano (Costa Rica), Real Salt Lake (United States), Tauro FC (Panama)
Group 3: CD Olimpia (Honduras), Houston Dynamo (United States), CD FAS (El Salvador)
Group 4: Seattle Sounders (United States), CD Marathon (Honduras), Caledonia AIA (Trinidad)
Group 5: LA Galaxy (United States), Isidro Metapan (El Salvador), Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico)
Group 6: Tigres UNAL (Mexico), LD Alajuelense (Costa Rica), Real Esteli (Nicaragua)
Group 7: Chorrillo FC (Panama), Monterrey (Mexico), Municipal (Guatemala)
Group 8: Xelaju MC (Guatemala), CD Guadalajara (Mexico), W Connection (Trinidad)

2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage Schedule
Week 1
Tuesday 31 July 2012
CF Monterrey (MEX) vs. Chorrillo FC (PAN), 20.00 ET
CS Herediano (CRC) vs. Real Salt Lake, 22.00 ET
Wednesday 1 August 2012
Toronto FC (CAN) vs. CD Aguila (SLV), 20.00 ET
Isidro Metapan (SLV) vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR), 22.00 ET
Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. Real Esteli (NCA), 22.00 ET
Thursday 2 August 2012
W Connection (TRI) vs. Xelaju (GUA), 20.00 ET
CD Olimpia (HON) vs. CD FAS (SLV), 22.00 ET
Seattle Sounders (USA) vs. Caledonia AIA (TRI), 22.00 ET

Week 2
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Santos Laguna (MEX) vs. CD Aguila (SLV), 20.00 ET
Real Salt Lake (USA) vs. Tauro FC (PAN), 22.00 ET
Xelaju MC (GUA) vs. CD Guadalajara (MEX), 22.00 ET
Wednesday 22 August 2012
Caledonia AIA (TRI) vs. CD Marathon (HON), 20.00 ET
LD Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Tigres UANL (MEX), 22.00 ET
CD FAS (SLV) vs. Houston Dynamo (USA), 22.00 ET
Thursday 23 August 2012
Chorrillo (PAN) vs. CSD Municipal (GUA), 20.00 ET
LA Galaxy (USA) vs. Isidro Metapan (SLV), 22.00 ET

Week 3
Tuesday 28 August 2012
Toronto FC (CAN) vs. Santos Laguna (MEX), 20.00 ET
Real Esteli (NCA) vs. LD Alajuelense (CRC), 22.00 ET
Wednesday 29 August 2012
CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs. W Connection (TRI), 20.00 ET
LA Galaxy (USA) vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR), 22.00 ET
CSD Municipal (GUA) v Monterrey (MEX), 22.00 ET
Thursday 30 August 2012
Tauro FC (PAN) vs. CS Herediano (CRC), 20.00 ET
Caledonia AIA (TRI) vs. Seattle Sounders (USA), 20.00 ET
CD Olimpia (HON) vs. Houston Dynamo (USA), 22.00 ET

Week 4
Tuesday 18 September 2012
Tauro FC (PAN) vs. Real Salt Lake (USA), 20.00 ET
Xelaju MC (GUA) vs. W Connection (TRI), 22.00 ET
Real Esteli (NCA) vs. Tigres UANL (MEX), 22.00 ET
Wednesday 19 September 2012
Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR) vs. LA Galaxy (USA), 20.00 ET
CD Aguila (SLV) vs. Santos Laguna (MEX), 22.00 ET
CD Marathon (HON) vs. Seattle Sounders (USA), 22.00 ET
Thursday 20 September 2012
Houston Dynamo (USA) vs. CD FAS (SLV), 20.00 ET
CSD Municipal (GUA) vs. Chorrillo FC (PAN), 22.00 ET

Week 5
Tuesday 25 September 2012
CF Monterrey (MEX) vs. CSD Municipal (GUA), 20.00 ET
CD Aguila (SLV) vs. Toronto FC (CAN), 22.00 ET
CS Herediano (CRC) vs. Tauro FC (PAN), 22.00 ET
Wednesday 26 September 2012
W Connection (TRI) vs. CD Guadalajara (MEX), 20.00 ET
CD Marathon (HON) vs. Caledonia AIA (TRI), 22.00 ET
LD Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Real Esteli (NCA), 22.00 ET
Thursday 27 September 2012
Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR) vs. Isidro Metapan (SLV), 20.00 ET
CD FAS (SLV) vs. CD Olimpia (HON), 22.00 ET

Week 6
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Houston Dynamo (USA) vs. CD Olimpia (HON), 20.00 ET
Real Salt Lake (USA) vs. CS Herediano (CRC), 22.00 ET
Chorrillo FC (PAN) vs. CF Monterrey (MEX), 22.00 ET
Wednesday 24 October 2012
Santos Laguna (MEX) vs. Toronto FC (CAN), 20.00 ET
Seattle Sounders (USA) vs. CD Marathon (HON), 22.00 ET
Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. LD Alajuelense (CRC), 22.00 ET
Thursday 25 October 2012
CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs. Xelaju MC (GUA), 20.00 ET
Isidro Metapan (SLV) vs. LA Galaxy (USA), 22.00 ET
 

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