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.
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Seattle Sounders FC will face Mexico's Tigres UANL in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. The series will begin on March 6 in Monterrey, Mexico, and conclude on March 12 in Seattle.
Ticket information for the home match will be announced in January.
The two-leg, aggregate-goal series will open on Wednesday, March 6 at Tigres' Estadio Universitario. The second leg will be played on Tuesday, March 12 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. The pairings for the Quarterfinal Round were determined by the Group Stage standings. The eight group winners were ranked based on point total and paired accordingly. Sounders FC finished the Group Stage as one of three unbeaten teams, securing the third overall seed. Tigres won Group 6 with two wins and two draws against Costa Rica's Alajuelense and Nicaragua's Real Estelí to capture the six seed.
The Sounders FC-Tigres victor will face the winner of Santos Laguna-Houston Dynamo. The third and final MLS club in the tournament is the LA Galaxy, who face Herediano of Costa Rica.
The Quarterfinal Round winners advance to the two-leg Semifinal Round, which will begin April 2-4 and conclude April 9-11. The final is set to begin April 24 and conclude May 1.
Tigres finished 12th in the Mexican Primera Division Apertura with a record of 5-6-6. The club won the 2011 Mexican Apertura and is making its first appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League. Tigres currently features two U.S. internationals in midfielders Jonathan Bornstein and Jose Torres.
The winner of the 2012/13 CONCACAF Champions League will earn a berth to the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco. Sounders FC opens the 2013 MLS Regular Season at home on March 2 against the Montreal Impact. Seattle, along with Houston and Los Angeles, will have a bye in Week 2 of regular-season play to accommodate the Champions League schedule.
2012/13 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS All Times U.S. Pacific (local times in parentheses)
FIRST LEG Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Houston Dynamo (USA) vs. Santos Laguna (Mexico), 5 p.m. (7 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Xelaju (Guatemala) vs. Monterrey (Mexico), 5 p.m. (7 p.m.) Tigres (Mexico) vs. Seattle Sounders (USA), 7 p.m. (9 p.m.) Thursday, March 7, 2013 Herediano (Costa Rica) vs. LA Galaxy (USA), 5 p.m. (7 p.m.) SECOND LEG Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Monterrey (Mexico) vs. Xelaju (Guatemala), 5 p.m. (6 p.m.) Seattle Sounders (USA) vs. Tigres (Mexico), 7 p.m. (7 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Santos Laguna (Mexico) vs. Houston Dynamo (USA), 5 p.m. (6 p.m.) LA Galaxy (USA) vs. Herediano (Costa Rica), 7 p.m. (7 p.m.)