|OFFICIAL NAME||Club Deportivo Walter Ferretti (Nicaragua)|
|HEAD COACH||Flavio Da Silva|
|QUALIFICATION METHOD||non-champion with best aggregate record in 2016/17 season|
|BEST FINISH||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
|PREVIOUS APPEARANCES||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
By virtue of being the non-champion with the best aggregate record from the 2016/17 Nicaraguan regular seasons, Walter Ferretti earned a berth in the first-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF League. The Rojinegros compiled 20W-11D-5L record (69GF, 29GA) to finish 10 points ahead of third-place UNAN Mangua.
Walter Ferretti went 0-0-4 in its first and only appearance in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions league, losing all four 2015/16 matches by a combined score of 2-8. Jose Bernardo Laueiro (1 in 1-3 home loss v Club America) and Raul Leguias (1 in 1-2 home loss v Motagua) accounted for both goals.
The club has captured three Nicaraguan league titles: 1997/98, 2000/01, 2014/15.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jose Bernardo Laueiro, Midfielder: the now 25-year-old played in four matches for Uruguay in 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup … played in all four of Walter Ferretti’s matches in 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (scored in 39th minute of 1-3 home loss v Club America on September 16, 2015) … scored in both legs legs of 2016/17 Clausura final v Real Esteli (agg: 2-3)
Denis Espinoza, Goalkeeper: the 33-year-old played in all four of Walter Ferretti’s matches in 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League … made his Nicaragua debut in an international friendly against Bermuda in April 2004 … competed in six all-time World Cup qualifiers for Nicaragua … played in one game for Nicaragua in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup (0-4 loss v Panama)
Eulises Pavon, Forward: the 24-year-old played in the three games for Nicaragua in 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup … played in all four of Walter Ferretti’s matches in 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League … has played for Diriangen (Nicaragua) and Suchitepequez (Guatemala)