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GALAXY: Draw is Metapan, Caribbean team

6/5/2012

The Galaxy will face Salvadoran powerhouse Isidro Metapan and the least of the Caribbean's three qualifiers in the group stage of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League.

Tuesday's draw in New York placed the Galaxy, the top U.S. qualifier for the regional club championship, atop Group 5. Metapan, which is making its fifth successive CCL appearance, was the only club not from Major League Soccer or Mexico to reach the knockout stage of the competition that wrapped in April. It has won six of the last 11 league titles in El Salvador, since spring 2007.

The Caribbean entrants will be determined in a four-team group final in the Caribbean Football Union's Club Championship. The finalists include two teams playing in U.S. leagues -- two-time defending Caribbean champ Puerto Rico Islanders (from the second-division North American Soccer League) and Antigua Barracuda (from the third-division USL Pro) -- along with Trinidadian powers Caledonia AIA and W Connection. No schedule has been announced.

CONCACAF also hasn't announced a schedule for the Champions League, which kicks off July 31. Group play runs through mid-October and the eight group winners will be seeded based on results for the knockout stage, which begins next March.

Here are all of the groups:

GROUP 1

Santos Laguna (Mexico)

Toronto FC (Canada)

Aguila (El Salvador)

GROUP 2

Herediano (Costa Rica)

Real Salt Lake (U.S.)

Tauro (Panama)

GROUP 3

Olimpia (Honduras)

Houston Dynamo (U.S.)

FAS (El Salvador)

GROUP 4

Seattle Sounders (U.S.)

Marathon (Honduras)

Caribbean 1

GROUP 5

Galaxy (U.S.)

Isidro Metapan (El Salvador)

Caribbean 3

GROUP 6

UANL Tigres (Mexico)

Alajuelense (Costa Rica)

Real Esteli (Nicaragua)

GROUP 7

Chorrillo (Panama)

Monterrey (Mexico)

Municipal (Guatemala)

GROUP 8

Xelaju (Guatemala)

Guadalajara (Mexico)

Caribbean 2