This Saturday, the Portland Timbers face off against one of the hottest teams in MLS, FC Dallas (5:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS). The Texas side have scored seven goals in three games this season, and are off to a strong start. However, Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe has unleashed some firepower of his own against Dallas in the past. Here's a look at five important stats to know as the Timbers look to grab their first road win of the season.
Darlington Nagbe has been a force against FC Dallas in his career. The Timbers midfielder has five goals over the last five games played against Dallas combined in MLS and U.S. Open Cup play. This one, in particular, is memorable:
Worth it for the goalkeeper's reaction alone.
Portland dominated possession against FC Dallas last year by an average difference of 7.3 percent per-match. This season, the Timbers are averaging a 55.5% possession rate--good for third in MLS.
8 & 9
The Timbers have had two games this season where they have had eight and nine shots blocked, respectively. Portland is third in chances created and 11th in MLS in shot accuracy.
Dallas has had six players score their seven goals for them – many coming from their midfielders – with Fabian Castillo leading the way (2). They are leading MLS in goals this season, and have score three goals in two separate games already.
Number of run of play goals the Portland have given up so far in this season. Every goal conceded by the Timbers has come off set pieces or penalties.