NEW YORK (CONCACAF Media Release Wednesday, December 19, 2012) – The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today the quarterfinal schedule for the 2012/13 Champions League. The round is contested over two legs and opens on Tuesday, March 5 with the Houston Dynamo hosting Santos, last season’s runner-up, at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Xelaju will be at home on March 6 for the first leg of its series against two-time defending champion Monterrey, which finished an impressive third at the recently completed FIFA Club World Cup. Later that same evening, visiting Tigres will take on the Seattle Sounders.
The first leg ends on Thursday, March 7, when the LA Galaxy travels to Costa Rica for a meeting with Herediano.
Second-leg action starts on Tuesday, March 12, with an encounter between Monterrey and Xelaju, followed by Tigres-Seattle Sounders.
Quarterfinal play concludes the next day with two games. Santos will square off against Houston and the LA Galaxy faces Herediano.
The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals April 2-4 and April 9-11. The semifinal pairings are the Monterrey-Xelaju winner facing the Galaxy-Herediano winner, and the Seattle-Tigres victor playing either Santos or Houston.
The semifinal winners will meet in a two-leg final set for April 24 and May 1.
The winner of the 2012/13 CONCACAF Champions League will earn a berth to the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.
2012/13 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
All Times U.S. Eastern (local times in parentheses)
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Houston Dynamo (USA) vs. Santos Laguna (Mexico), 8 p.m. (7 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Xelaju (Guatemala) vs. Monterrey (Mexico), 8 p.m. (7 p.m.)
Tigres (Mexico) vs. Seattle Sounders (USA), 10 p.m. (9 p.m.)
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Herediano (Costa Rica) vs. LA Galaxy (USA), 8 p.m. (7 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Monterrey (Mexico) vs. Xelaju (Guatemala), 8 p.m. (6 p.m.)
Seattle Sounders (USA) vs. Tigres (Mexico), 10 p.m. (7 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Santos Laguna (Mexico) vs. Houston Dynamo (USA), 8 p.m. (6 p.m.)
LA Galaxy (USA) vs. Herediano (Costa Rica), 10 p.m. (7 p.m.)
CONCACAF “The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football” is one of six continental confederations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is composed of 40 national associations, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Surinam and French Guyana in the south.