MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy and four other league teams will play in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League.
The group stage draw was held Tuesday, with each of the MLS teams in different groups. The stage begins July 31.
The Galaxy are in with Isidro Metapan of El Salvador, and a Caribbean qualifier yet to be determined. Toronto FC goes against Champions League runner-up Santos of Mexico and CD Aguila (El Salvador).
Real Salt Lake takes on Herediano (Costa Rica) and Tauro (Panama).
The Houston Dynamo are in with Olimpia (Honduras) and FAS (El Salvador). The Seattle Sounders get Marathon (Honduras) and a Caribbean qualifier.
Defending champion Monterrey of Mexico is in Group 7 with Chorrillo (Panama) and Municipal (Guatemala).
Welcome to the RSL Cup blog
I've been a fan of Real Salt Lake since it joined MLS and took to the field in 2005, and I've been a fan of MLS since it began in 1996. Lately however I've started to worry about the path MLS is taking and the poor decisions they are making that in my mind threaten the growth of soccer as a whole in the US. (see "Columbus conspiracy" section) Soccer in America will grow only when we have a vibrant and diverse minor league system, something that MLS seems to be smothering at the moment. (see "American soccer wars" section) Let's keep our eyes on the situation and hope for the best, a future where grass-roots soccer and the minor leagues can not only exist but flourish, as well as where the contributions and history of the league's early clubs are appreciated and preserved.