CONCACAF Champions League: 6 Bold Predictions as the Group Stage Begins

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CONCACAF Champions League: 6 Bold Predictions as the Group Stage Begins

It's finally here: the first round of group stage matches in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.

While it may not get the same level of attention and viewership as the more prestigious UEFA tournament, fans all around North and Central America will be paying close attention and anxiously awaiting to see how their favored clubs make out.

Featured in the tournament this year are five total MLS squads and four Mexican sides, meaning that more than half of the contenders this time around will be from the two strongest leagues in the region.

Monterrey is back for a repeat title, LA Galaxy are finally enjoying a spot in the group stage after failing to qualify last year, and the Seattle Sounders are hoping to improve on their last-place finish in their group.

It should be one of the most competitive, and entertaining, CONCACAF tournaments in recent years. So who will advance out of the group stage and remain alive in the hunt for regional glory?

We're in for a whole mess of surprise breakout performances and unpredictable upsets this time around.

Here are six bold predictions for how the group stage will turn out.

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