|OFFICIAL NAME||Platense (Honduras)|
|HEAD COACH||Jose Clavasquin|
|QUALIFICATION METHOD||2016 Apertura runner-up, runner-up with second best aggregate record|
|BEST FINISH||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
|PREVIOUS APPEARANCES||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
Platense never played in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, but it is no stranger to CONCACAF club competitions. The Tiburon competed in a pair of CONCACAF Champions Cups (1975, 1998) and one CONCACAF Cup Winners’ Cup (1997).
It has captured two Honduran league titles (1965/66, 2001 Clausura). In the 2016 Apertura, Platense was runner-up to Motagua, its best finish since the 202 Apertura.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Erick Norales, Defender: while with Marathon, played in three editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League … scored two goals in the 2008/09 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (1 in a 2-0 home win v D.C. United; 1 in a 1-1 away draw v Cruz Azul) … spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the USA’s Indy Eleven … competed in CONCACAF Gold Cup for Honduras (2009: 5 games/0 goals)
Joshua Nieto, Midfielder: scored two goals for Honduras in a 2-0 win over Guatemala in a Central American qualifying for the 2014 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship … played in five games at the 2011 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
Brunet Hay, Forward: the Panamanian has appeared in two editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (2008/09: Tauro; 2014/15: Herediano) … scored five goals in three games during the 2008/09 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League with Tauro (2 in 2-1 home win v Municipal; 1 in 2-0 home win v Mexico’s Santos; 2 in 2-2 home draw v Puerto Islanders)