In just over a month the first matches of the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League group stage will take place. Many are wondering if this will be the year that an MLS side will finally be crowned champion of North America or if the Mexican domination of the league will continue.
All five (except TFC) of MLS' representatives are capable of hoisting the trophy this time around.
The LA Galaxy have several world-class players and with their veteran experience they know how to navigate a tournament of this caliber.
The Seattle Sounders know how to win cup competitions—they are three-time defending US Open Cup Champions going for four this year—and have some crafty players offensively and solid players defensively.
Real Salt Lake were in the final two years ago and were one goal away from winning it, so they have more experience in this competition than any other MLS side.
Houston Dynamo have a defense which can keep them in games against the best of teams.
As for Toronto FC, they have picked up form recently but being drawn with Santos Laguna ends any realistic hope of silverware from this competition.
With a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup on the line, there is plenty at stake in this cup. The road to the final always provides plenty of entertainment, and I will try to provide you with how each MLS team will do in the group stage of this crazy, unpredictable competition. So without further ado, let's begin.