|OFFICIAL NAME||Asociacion Deportiva Santos (Costa Rica)|
|HEAD COACH||Johnny Chaves|
|QUALIFICATION METHOD||non-champion with 2nd best aggregate record in 2016/17 season|
|BEST FINISH||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
|PREVIOUS APPEARANCES||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
Costa Rica’s Santos de Guapiles, which has never won a domestic league title, is appearing in its first CONCACAF final. It is the only team to go undefeated in Scotiabank CONCACAF League play with a 5W-1D-0L record, including a perfect 3-0-0 at home.
If Santos lifts the trophy, it will become the fourth team from Costa Rica to be crowned a CONCACAF champion. Saprissa (1993, 1995, 2005), Alajuelense (1986, 2004) and Cartagines (1994) won the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup a combined six times.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Pablo Arboine, Defender (19): appeared in two matches for Costa Rica in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, four matches in the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship and five in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup … played in two SCL games prior to final, first leg (0 goals/0 assists)
Wilmer Azofeifa, Midfielder (23): team-best three assists in 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League … appeared in six SCL games prior to final, first leg (0 goals/3 assists)
Kenny Cunningham, Midfielder/Forward (32): appeared in four matches for Costa Rica in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup … one career Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League goal with Herediano in 2015 (1, 3-0 home win v Isidro Metapan) … club career has taken him to Japan (Gainare Tottori), Bolivia (The Strongest) and Wellington Phoenix (New Zealand) … played in five SCL games prior to final (2 goals/1 assist) … scored goal that gave Santos de Guapiles a 1-0 aggregate victory over Arabe Unido in SCL semifinals (86’, second leg)
Cristhian Lagos, Forward (33): appeared in four editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (2010/11: Brujas; 2011/12: Alajuelense; 2014/15, 2015/16: Herediano) … two career Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League goals (1, 1-1 away draw v Olimpia on February 24, 2015; 1, 2-0 home win v Olimpia on March 5, 2015) … appeared in three SCL games prior to final, first leg (0 goals/0 assists)
Juan Diego Madrigal, Defender (30): earned seven caps for Costa Rica, including two appearances in 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup … played every minute of Santos de Guapiles’ six games in 2017 SCL (1 goal/0 assists)
Starling Matarrita, Forward (27): appeared in four SCL games prior to final, first leg (2 goals/0 assists) … both SCL goals scored at home
Edder Monguio, Defender (32): scored two goals in 2017 Costa Rican Invierno opener (4-0 home win v Perez Zeledon) … appeared in five SCL games prior to final, first leg (0 goals/0 assists)
Ian Smith, Defender (19): appeared in four matches for Costa Rica in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, four matches in the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship and four in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup … played in four SCL games prior to final, first leg (0 goals/1 assist)