MANAGUA, Nicaragua - It will feel just like old times for Walter Ferretti when they settle in for the 2018 Scotiabank CONACAF League draw later this month in Miami, Florida.
The Nicaraguan side will be appearing in the SCL for the second consecutive year after achieving a bit of history in the tournament's first ever edition in 2017.
The four-time Primera Division de Nicaragua champions joined Diriangen as the only Nicaraguan clubs to have advanced from a round of play in a CONCACAF tournament when they eliminated Belize's Belmopan Bandits 5-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16 in the 2017 SCL.
The Pinoleros almost then became the first Nicaraguan team to advance through two rounds of a CONCACAF tournament but valiantly fell 2-1 on aggregate to Plaza Amador of Panama in the quarterfinals.
Walter Ferretti's CONCACAF history doesn't stop there.
The club featured in the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League by virtue of winning the 2015 Primera Division crown.
Despite failing to advance out of the group stage, Walter Ferretti put forth a memorable group stage campaign.
In their first ever SCCL match in August 2015, Walter Ferretti had the monumental task of facing reigning champions Club America at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
Undaunted, the Nicaraguan side held the seven-time CONCACAF champions in check until a Michael Arroyo goal in the 71' gave Las Aguilas a 1-0 win.
When the two teams met the following month in Nicaragua, Walter Ferretti gave Club America a 90-minute battle in which the Mexican side emerged with a 3-1 win.
Walter Ferretti proved to be a thorn in the side of their other group stage opponent, Motagua of Honduras. A tough 2-0 loss in Honduras in their first meeting was followed by a thrilling encounter in Nicaragua. Only a last-second score from Motagua's Israel Silva denied Walter Ferretti a first ever SCCL point in a 2-1 final.
With these experiences still fresh in the minds of many of its players, Walter Ferretti should prove to be a difficult foe in the 2018 SCL.