Real Esteli Futbol Club
Real Esteli is making its sixth Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League appearance this year. In order to qualify, El Tren del Norte first prevailed over Walter Ferretti in the two-legged 2016 Clausura final (agg: 1-0). Carlos Chavarria scored the series’ only goal, netting in the ninth minute of the second leg. With UNAN Managua capturing the 2015 Apertura crown, Real Esteli earned the Champions League berth due to having the most regular-season points of the two champions (87-64). Though it has never registered a win in the competition, 12 of its 16 all-time games have been decided by one goal or fewer. On September 18, 2012, Esteli was a minute away from earning a famous victory over Mexican power Tigres, when an equalizer by Jorge Espericueta canceled out Juan Barrera’s 53rd minute strike in a 1-1 draw. The team is managed by Otoniel Olivas, who also led Nicaragua from 2009-10.