When it comes to Concacaf competition, one would be hard-pressed to find a more experienced side than Real Estelí.
The Nicaraguan club has qualified for six editions of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League and also participated in the 2017 Scotiabank Concacaf League.
While the Pinolero outfit was unable to earn a victory in those six SCCL appearances, their performances improved each time out. By its final two SCCL campaign in 2014-15 and 2016-17, Real Estelí earned a draw in two of its four group stage matches.
In the 2017 SCL, the club was in one of the most exciting Round of 16 ties in SCL history.
After a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Aguila of El Salvador in the first leg in which the Cuscatleco club scored in the 89’, Real Estelí returned the favor on its home ground with a 1-0 win thanks to a goal in the 85’.
The 1-1 result after the 180 minutes meant a penalty shootout had to resolve matters, but good fortune was not on Real Estelí’s side as it fell 4-3 in spot kicks.
Nevertheless, a first ever win in a Concacaf match bodes well for Real Estelí heading into the 2019 SCL.
After a runner-up finish in the 2018 Apertura and a Final appearance in the 2019 Clausura, Real Estelí is poised to be a player when it kicks off its 2019 SCL in the preliminary round.